That's Your Resolution, and You're Stickin' To It
2009 is winding to a close, and it’s almost time to flip our calendars over to a fresh new year. This last week of the old year is the perfect time to start thinking about green resolutions for 2010. Maybe you want to eat less meat, or start commuting by bike, or buy used goods instead of new. Whatever your goal, here are some tips to help you make and keep your resolutions.
Think hard about what you want to accomplish. Don’t overdo it with goals that make it impossible to succeed. For example, it can be very difficult to go from carnivore to vegan; focus on smaller goals that are challenging but not overwhelming. And don't make New Years resolutions when you're drunk.
Be specific. Don’t say, “I want to ride my bike to work more.” Try, “I will ride my bike to work two days a week instead of one.”
Write it down. Committing a goal to paper makes it feel official.
Reward yourself. All your earth-friendly activities merit some personal back-patting. Go for a hike, go camping -- get out and enjoy what you’re trying to save.
Don’t get disheartened if you slip up. Chin up, soldier! Rome wasn’t built in a day…just part of it. You still have time.
-- Année Tousseau