No New Year’s Resolutions Yet? Why It’s Ok To Take Your Time

Excerpt from CreativeLive.com/blog January 2, 2019

If you were anywhere near social media on January 1, you absolutely saw two things: First, photos of whatever your friends, family, and colleagues did at the stroke of midnight; and second, what those same people have resolved to change, reassess, do, see, or learn in the coming year. And not that there’s anything wrong with any of those status updates, but the push to have the entire impending year’s goals ironed out within the first day can feel like a real grind.

What if it’s already past the first of the month and you don’t have your New Year’s resolution set in stone? What if it’s past the first of the month and you’re not even quite sure what you want — and what you’ll be able — to achieve in the next 12 months?

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According to statistics collected the University of Scranton, just 8% of New Year’s resolutions are successful — in large part, says “The Bulletproof Executive” author Dave Aspery, because “people don’t equip themselves with the mental ammunition to fight off doubt and continue with their goals.”

“A review in the American Journal of Heath Promotion found the more specific you make your goal, the more likely you are to succeed,” he explains. Which means, if you really want to make positive changes, it’s a good idea to really spend some time crafting milestones and desired achievements that are direct, specific, and mindful of your real-life challenges.

Those real-life challenges are, statistically and psychologically, exactly what make keeping New Year’s resolutions so hard.

“Setting resolutions at the beginning of the new year can help you to see the benefits of changing your behavior more clearly, and give you an extra boost of motivation,” writes Jess Whittlestone for Quartz,  “But that boost is unlikely to last, because everyday life gets in the way.”

This is another reason why waiting a few days — or even a few weeks — before setting hard-and-fast goals is a good way to ensure (for more on this article click here)

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