A New Year, A Different Resolution

Posted on January 04, 2010 by forgetfulgentleman | 0 Comments

With the welcoming of a new year, and a new decade for that matter, most Americans take a few minutes to reflect on areas of their lives in which they want to improve. The US Government (http://www.USA.gov) posted last week on its’ website the ten most popular resolutions for 2010. Do any of these sound familiar?

1) Lose weight

2) Get fit

3) Manage debt

4) Save money

5) Get a better job

6) Get a better education

7) Drink less alcohol

8) Quit smoking

9) Reduce stress

10) Travel more

Ironically, recent research shows that 52% of people who make New Year’s resolutions were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved them. Despite their good intentions, people are unable to follow-through on their resolutions. This, by definition, makes the 88% that fail to achieve their resolutions forgetful gentlemen: “a modern man whose busy lifestyle often interferes with his well intentioned plans.”

Then how does a true gentleman think about New Year’s resolutions? A gentleman is constantly thinking about his actions in the context of others. He is continuously striving for self-improvement, whether it’s January or July. Improving one’s health, finances, career, education, and worldly experiences are daily occurrences for gentlemen. Therefore, the absolutes of New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t apply to gentlemen the way they do others.

So if you consider yourself a gentleman, or are striving to become one as a forgetful gentleman (like most of us are), we encourage you to make a different type of New Year’s resolution. Rather than make a typical list of New Year’s resolutions, how about asking three people in your life what their resolutions are, and then helping them achieve their goals over the course of 2010? After all, that’s the gentlemanly thing to do.

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