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Breaking your resolutions

I am always confused why people determine that they will change their lives based upon the arbitrary date chosen to start a new calendar. Is there a difference to your willpower from the 31st December to the 1st January, what is it about the changing of the year that makes people decide that this is now the point at which they are going to the gym or to sort out their lives?

It’s the first week of January which means it is the traditional time to break all the resolutions that we all set a few days ago.

I am always confused why people determine that they will change their lives based upon the arbitrary date chosen to start a new calendar. Is there a difference to your willpower from the 31st December to the 1st January, what is it about the changing of the year that makes people decide that this is now the point at which they are going to the gym or to sort out their lives?

I would think the science behind keeping a New Year’s Resolution would show that you are more likely to fail at a life-changing pledge if you select a start date as opposed to just doing it when you first think of it. Surely you would be more successful at exercising if one Tuesday in June you just started going to the gym or running around the park…which is what I did last year.

In effect by marking the beginning of the year as a new start you are writing off any chance for improvement for the rest of the year. If on November 7th you decide that you will attempt to go on more dates won’t this just mean you will not try for the next seven weeks? In my experience putting something off once just means you will put it off time and time again.

Just like a puppy a New Year’s Resolution is not just for the festive period, real life change is not just a flash in the pan with a half-hearted attempt to learn to knit or start saving for a house. It’s hard work to break habits and by choosing to use a method notorious for broken promises and not being taken seriously it is surely a set-up for failure.

So rather than making resolutions (which as the United Nations shows are unenforceable and ineffective) set goals, aim to do something by June or October. It gives you more time to recover from any setbacks and won’t make you feel like a failure should you open that bar of chocolate later today.

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One reply on “Breaking your resolutions”

I think, let me be clear it’s only my opinion. A New Year somehow motivates me to do things that I failed to do the past year. I wanted to read a lot of books. It just didn’t happen. I tell myself to read this time, no matter what. Back pain from sitting too long in one place was one of my excuse. I tried reading by lying in bed, that was a total failure. Each time I tried, sleep won out that effort.
I do not make too many resolutions, I’m only interested in reading and writing. The rest of the things get done, because I get overwhelmed by clutter spread around. I need not wait for a new year, the present is better than the future for me.
Right now I’ve started to study Anthropology. Human behaviour attracts my attention. I’ll see how far I can go to ease my mind.
Happy New Year To you. 🙂

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