Do you know why we “wait” for the fist day of the new year to declare a resolution? There are quite a few theories out there, some of which are better than others. The important question is, how can we be successful in our resolutions?
You’ve no doubt heard a plethora of statistics that tell you that you shouldn’t bother with a resolution, since they don’t work anyway. Stories about full parking lots at the local gym in January followed by front-row availability in February are commonplace, and clearly have a ring of truth. Seriously though, if there was a secret way to avoid being a February dropout, would you want to know it?
Before we discuss that, let’s examine the reasoning behind the failure of New Year’s resolutions. You probly think it took 57,000 PhD’s over a million hours of painstaking research, not to mention your tax dollars, to come up with a working theory that could be tested in a double-blind 4-out-of-5 dentists surveyed statistical ballyhoo to be presented to President Obama in time for the next state of the Union Address, right? I bet some of that is right.
Actually, in a not-so-random sampling of humans that I know, I’ve uncovered the truth. The shocking fact is that there is no secret code, no genetic disposition, no other-guys-fault crap behind it. It’s all under our control, and the reason so many of us fail at a new year’s resolution is simple: It’s Artificial.
Yup, that’s it. Any resolution or whatever you want to call it made based on an artificial criteria, such as New Years, is naturally artificial itself. And by the way, it’s not just New Years that qualifies as artificial. See if any of these sound familiar:
“I’ll quit smoking as soon as I finish this carton”
“I’ll start eating healthier after my birthday”
“I”ll start working out when the gym has it’s next deal”
“I’ll go back to college after the kids move out”
“I’ll join Toastmasters after I finish my class”
“I’ll retire when I have enough in the bank”
The truth is, the only way to stay with a resolution is to mean it from the start. More importantly, if you mean it, you’ll start today, not wait for the 1st of never to make that move.
The advantage is this: If you start now, you can get a jump on all of the temporary heros you’ll meet in early January. Even better, you won’t be the noob (gamer talk for new person) in the room trying to figure out the difference between 10 and 15 lbs dumbbells.
If you’ve been thinking about that next one thing you want to work on, stop thinking and do it!