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Danger Lampost

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What is your New Year's resolution?

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to achieve personal goals, or reforming a bad habit. This is an ancient tradition, and one that I believe still serves a valuable function.

Yet a 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that only 12% of those who set New Year's resolutions succeed in keeping them. What gives?

"Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions" So says Frank Ra, author of "A Course in Happiness".

In the spirit of inspiring all of us to achieve worthy goals, I ask in this public forum: What is your New Year's resolution this year?

If I can, in a year's time I'll post a conversation here entitled something like, "How did you do on last year's resolution?" So, if you're still here too, you can refer back to this conversation and answer.

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    Dec 25 2012: I know some resolutions may be too personal to share in such a public forum as this, so I thought I'd just kick off a reply with one resolution here: My resolution is to transform one specific hateful and negative relationship in my life into a positive relationship, even in the face of what I perceive to be continuous hatred from this person no matter what I do. It seems hopeless to me at this point, and so I undercut my own chance of success here, and yet I must hope against all hope to change this. The personal goal I commit to achieving is changing this relationship. If I'm still here in a year, maybe I'll post a TED conversation entitled, "How did you do on last years's resolution?" Hopefully I'll be part of the 12%. :)
    • Dec 27 2012: Well done, you shared your own resolution !

      And your resolution is quite a brave one
      Confucius said: take the impossible mission.
      I think they are the same kind of spirits

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