1. SLOW IT DOWN
2. GET A LITTLE FANCY
For most ladies out there, this one is a no-brainer, but men might need a reminder. So grab the bow tie and suspenders and have some fun, or get that skinny tie to go with your scotch. It's a night to have a little class, plus just like dressing well for work helps you to perform better, dressing up for a night out helps you feel confident and more controlled than your usual Frank the Tank self. You don't see James Bond puking on his dates shoes now do you?
3. DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO GO OUT TO THE BAR
I know, I know, it's New Years and you should be out on the town, but let's be honest, do you really want to pay a $50 cover to get the privilege of being packed into a sardine can and then forced to buy $15 drinks? Do yourself a favor and find a few friends to stick with and either have a shindig with each other or check out a house party. As long as they have those little confetti poppers, I'm totally in.
4. KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS TO YOURSELF
All that telling someone your resolution will do is ensure that you will never stick to it. No, this is not a product of the same magic that makes your birthday wish disappear if you tell someone out loud. When you proclaim your new years resolution with unearned resolve, and your friends all nod in approval, you will fill with pride at your wonderful idea and relish in the thought of how it will improve your life. Soon after, that pride and satisfaction will then trick you into thinking the goal has been accomplished... and it's gone.
5. DON'T BUILD IT UP TOO MUCH
I know too many people that absolutely hate New Years and I have definitely had my share of years that I despised the holiday with fiery passion. It is the perfect opportunity to get your hopes up and believe that something truly spectacular is going to happen and all will be right with the world, right!? Wrong! It won't. That's just not how life works, so stop whining about it and just have fun. You don't need to have a significant other to enjoy the night. I'm sure there is some drunk ass nearby that would give you a kiss at midnight. Just keep your expectations realistic and remember that you have all of New Years day to sleep it off and be useless in general. Isn't that enough?
Whatever your New Years plan entails, above all, be safe and have fun. Tomorrow, we start back at zero!