In response to my frustrations with New Year’s Resolutions expressed in yesterday’s post, I present you with a much better idea: New Month’s Resolutions.
If a year is too long to be effective, then let’s break our resolutions into 12 bite-sized pieces over the next year. And since we’ve heard time and again that it takes anywhere from 21 to 3o days to form a habit, a month’s worth of focus on a resolution seems just right.
More than that, you don’t have to wait a year to see if you’re accomplishing anything.
So, I’m not waiting until January. I’ve got a resolution for December: lose 5 pounds. I know, weight loss is such a cliche resolution, but I’m doing it for 2 reasons: 1) I really need to lose 5 pounds, and 2) most people don’t think you can’t lose weight during Christmas. I’m set to prove that wrong.
Just thought I’d pass this thought along. I’m sure it’s not original, but it beats the heck out of New Year’s Resolutions. Plus, I get to pick 11 more resolutions between now and next year.
New Year’s Resolutions never work. Here’s why:
- Hope springs eternal – there’s something about the spirit of the new year that gets us all thinking we need to be more disciplined, yadda, yadda, yadda. But it doesn’t stick.
- A year is too long – It’s hard enough for me to commit to doing something this weekend, let alone something for a whole year. Plus, you have to wait a year to feel good about accomplishing your goals.
- The resolutions are too hard – Given that most of us make resolutions to either lose weight or save money, our resolutions are usually too far-fetched to be realistic.
- Our habits are too hard to break – For whatever reason, we’ve gotten stuck doing what we now don’t want to do. And that process has taken time. However, when we think we have a year to deal with it, we rarely hit this bad habit head-on, and our resolve just fizzles.
- Resolutions are a trend – Admit it: if it wasn’t expected to set New Year’s Resolutions, would you still do it? Most of us are never really resolved, just obligated.
So, I’m not setting any New Year’s Resolutions in 2008. I’ve actually got a better idea, which I’ll share later this week. I think it will work. In the meantime, what’s your take on resolutions?