Striving for (Less Than) 100%

Every New Year I am amazed at the will with which the human animal is capable. Each year we take the time to reevaluate our lives and our futures and resolve to do better in the coming year. To be better in the new year. So many people make a solemn promise to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families. They promise to do whatever it takes to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. Not everyone will meet their goals, but there are those people–those amazingly dedicated people–who have such a firm resolve that they will give 100% to meet that goal. They will strive and suffer and sweat every minute of every day until they have achieved success. Those are the truly amazing people that inhabit this world that I admire.
I am not one of those people.
Oh, I had the goals. I even wrote them down (ok, I just re-recycled my 2012 list, still, they are goals). I got around to starting my New Years diet plan on the 7th. Not ideal, I admit, but I started. And, I followed a very strict meal plan. Until supper.
Not to be deterred, I began anew today. I woke up and headed out into the world full of determination. That lasted until lunch.
Now I am forced to reevaluate myself. It isn’t that I don’t want to meet that goal. It’s always at the top of my list. But, I believe that the truth is in your perception of yourself. In order to avoid a pit of pessimism I have to look at what I have accomplished this year. I made four resolutions this year. I have managed to be unwavering in two of them. That is 50%! And everyone knows that 50% + 50%= 100%. So, suck it, bitches! I’m kicking ass on my New Years resolutions.

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