A Resolution to Not Resolve

If you insist on toasting 2013 with a personal to-do list, then make it something specific that you can measure and track.

I resolve that I won’t make New Year’s resolutions.

Actually, I’m not alone with that non-resolution. According to statistics compiled by University of Scranton, more than a third of us absolutely never make New Year’s resolutions. (A side note—is there anything that isn’t researched, measured or bet on these days? Who’d have guessed that someone would be compiling stats on resolutions?)

In years past, I would make a resolution or two while welcoming a fresh set of calendar pages. However, they usually would fizzle out faster than that cheap bubbly we’d drink on December 31. Again, I’m not alone in that regard. Those same statistics show that nearly 75 percent of people making resolutions either fail entirely every year to achieve their resolutions, or have only infrequent success.

Maybe our collective failures or disinterest stems from the general nature of what we resolve to do in the euphoria of a new set of 365 days. Here are the top 10 resolutions from the past year, according to the statistics cited in Statistic Brain:

  • Lose weight

  • Get organized

  • Spend less, save more

  • Enjoy life to the fullest

  • Stay fit and healthy

  • Learn something exciting

  • Quit smoking

  • Help others in their dreams

  • Fall in love

  • Spend more time with family

Folks, these are all noble goals, but a tad too broad and undefined, wouldn’t you say? (And “fall in love?” How does one even beat the 12-month deadline on that—bathe more frequently? Attend charm school? Double down on on-line dating memberships?)

So, here is some advice from your resolution coach. If you don’t intend to work at them all year, don’t make resolutions. Doing so will just add another brick to your wall of failures. If you insist on toasting 2013 with a personal to-do list, then make it something specific that you can measure and track. (Get organized, no. Clean out one closet per month, yes. Stay fit and healthy, no. Eliminate soft drinks, yes. Take the stairs instead of elevators, yes.)

That said, I will break my resolution to not resolve anything. My first resolution is to thank you for following CommScope blogs and reading our ongoing posts. The CommScope team already has posted more than 300 times to this blog on a variety of topics related to the world of bandwidth and network infrastructure. We hope—make that resolve—to continue to make the information and advice on this blog interesting and useful to you in the months ahead.

Secondly, the CommScope team around the world resolves to continue to do their absolute best to:

  • Operate with the highest level of integrity;

  • Innovate with new technologies and solutions that help solve your business challenges; and

  • Help you anticipate and adapt to industry, technology and network changes quickly and easily.

What are your resolutions for 2013? Happy New Year to all!