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Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you actually kept? If so, what was it?

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Learning Unix. Never regretted it. Changed my life. Completely. For the better.

This year's resolution is "get a new job." Pretty confident.

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theFuJan: Learning Unix. Never regretted it. Changed my life. Completely. For the better.

MS-Windows is the Dark Side ... 'Abandon hope, all ye who enter here' ...

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I made a New Year's resolution not to make a New Years resolution

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Never make any New Year resolutions any more... (and so far, so good... ;-) )

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I've never made one I didn't keep (that I can remember). I almost never make them, and only do it if I'm sure I will follow through. I quit smoking on a new years resolution.

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sensei258: "I made a New Year's resolution not to make a New Years resolution"

Then you failed before you began. :)

Seriously, though, the key is to make small promises, with no major effects. Instead of "I'm going to lose 10 kg" or something, just say I'll lose a couple of kg this month. Or, "I'll eat out less", or "tomorrow night I'll hit the sack early".

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@ Strangerland - good on you for quitting, no easy thing I know

@ smith - I didn't fail, but now I'm stuck in some inter-dimensional vortex where things keep repeating

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@ Strangerland - good on you for quitting, no easy thing I know

Thanks. But to be honest, it actually wasn't that hard -I prepared myself mentally for about six weeks ahead of time, and I was so resolved to quitting, that only the first couple of days really had me craving.

Quitting is hard when that absolute resolve to quit isn't there. But once that determination has been made, it's much easier.

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That I would never cheat on my spouse ever again.

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That I would stop wasting time posting on Japan Today.

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I tend to do what I decide... sometimes within a longer delay than I wished.

the key is to make small promises, with no major effects.

Loss of time, huge risk of dilution of motivation. Small steps matter only if you have a further destination. I find it more efficient to make a road map for big goals (change of job, relocation, buying a house, losing 20 kg, learning a language/skill, etc...) and plan projects over a year, or more. I January is not my ideal time to start things. I never go why there should be NY resolutions.

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My response was a joke. I never have nor never will cheat.

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MsDelicious - I believe you.

"Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you actually kept?"

Jeez, that implies most people don't keep their promises. How about "Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you didn't keep?" In my case, yeah, I resolved to lose a certain number of kilogams, lol

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My yearly health check went from D (you might die in a few years) to A, pretty happy, though all the cakes and buffet I've been consuming this past weeks might throw a year of effort out the window.

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Quit smoking

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To be celibate.

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It might be silly, but reading 5 books in 2016. Before that, I usually surfed the internet or listened to music. I ended up reading 14 books. I was glad I did it!

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