Last year I gave up on the lose weight resolution and decided instead to make it a resolution to simply wear more black–it is slimming. It has enabled me to do more shopping, work out less and eat anything I want. It has really worked out well for me (at least until I die of a heart attack at 49 like my mother did).
The other common resolution is to start getting involved in the community–to be a better person. For those who are making this a priority for 2008, you can use my strategy and not change any behavior, but simply visit the Gap and buy some of the “red” product line and show the world you care. While, luckily, this move is unlikely to lead to your early death, it is also unlikely to make you reflect positively on your impact on this planet.
Another way to get involved in the community is for you to do it pro bono this year and put your skills to work making a real impact in the community. Not only does it lead to happy death bed reflection, but most people actually report that it is fun. It could also enable you to achieve your goals of making new friends and advancing your career this year–who knows.