Here's what I think: New Years Resolutions
It's that time of year when we reflect on the past year and vow to start a new. Most people make resolutions to correct some bad behavior they have, like playing video games too much or using curse words, but let's be honest the chances that you are going to fall back to your previous behavior is about 99%. I don't think there are actual statistics out there regarding this but in my experience if I decide to say drink less pop it lasts for about a week and then I'm back to not caring how often I drink it.
Rather than make myself feel bad about irrelevant things that in the long run don't matter that much, I like to take time at the beginning of the year to make a list of new things that I would like try this year. Number one on my list is learning to play the banjo. I've never played an instrument (other than the recorder in elementary school) and the start of the new year is a perfect time to take on a new project. Now I only need to find a banjo to start learning on.
Take some time to think about what you've always wanted to do, whether it's learning a new language, taking a trip to somewhere you've never been, or just reading up on a topic that you've always found interesting. Once you have thought of something that you want to do this year, make a list of ways to accomplish it. If you have several idea, like I always do, make sure that you prioritize them because chances are you wont be able to do everything you've always wanted to do in one year!
Try not to worry so much about the small things and try to focus on learning and growing. I'll tell you one thing, come New Years Eve this year I'll be keeping company with Steve Martin as a banjo playing phenom,thinking about what I want to learn to do in 2011!