Vail Valley: Here’s an easy resolution to keep – get involved
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill VaughnOne week into 2011, are you an optimist or a pessimist? I’d venture to say that most of us here in the Vail Valley are excited to enter 2011 after a turbulent 2010 – cautious optimism seems to be the generally held belief of those I talk to in the business community & the tourism industry. Cautious optimism is a better feeling than most of us had the same time last year, and there’s something to be said for being better (even if it’s not measured against the historic “bests” of 2005-2008).Research shows that up to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction. All are admirable and important.The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:• Past the first week: 75 percent.• Past 2 weeks: 71 percent.• After one month: 64 percent.• After 6 months: 46 percent.So, about half of us make resolutions. And about half of those people actually keep their resolutions (at least for six months). Not being a new year’s resolution kind of guy, that’s a bit more than I might have assumed. But I digress.I’m a week late to the game, but I challenge everyone in the Vail Valley business community to make at least one new year’s resolution. If you are part of the 50 percent who don’t make resolutions, consider this an easy chance to make one. If you are part of the 25 percent who don’t keep your resolution past the first week, consider this a mulligan. If you are part of the overachieving minority who make and keep resolutions, congratulations – you now have one more for your list.I challenge you to get involved. It’s that easy. It doesn’t much matter what you get involved in – your child’s school, a trade organization, a community group, serving on a volunteer board or (shameless plug alert) getting more engaged with your local chamber. Just get involved in something and make a resolution to see it through.I’d be willing to bet it’s one resolution that beats the odds and gets kept throughout the year.Note: If you are looking for specific volunteer opportunities, log on to the Vail Valley Partnership’s new Volunteer Connection at http://www.VailValleyVolunteers.com for complete information on the variety of non-profit groups here in our area and their volunteer needs. As a reminder, the Vail Valley Partnership’s annual Gala & Success Awards will be held Feb. 4 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. We are currently soliciting silent auction items to benefit our Non-Profit of the Year, Walking Mountains Science Center. Please contact the Partnership at 970-477-4001 to donate.