Do you get caught up in the hype of New Year’s resolutions? I don’t.
I used to. Like most of everyone else I would take advantage of the January 1st date as the reset button for all of the bad choices, negative thinking and the never ending to-do list with the same 8 items I kept on the list all 365 days of the year prior.
I stopped making and announcing any resolutions two or three years ago. Instead I chose to be honest with myself:
1. My resolutions almost never have staying power after February 1st because, unless it is something I’ve created as a habit (repeating the same action every day for 30 days is the general rule for creating a new/changing an old habit) I completely forget what the resolution was and/or why I am doing it in the first place;
2. The resolutions I tended to make were to general or not realistic. For example: “In ____ I am going to be a better person” (too general), “In _____ I am going to go to the gym!” (not realistic and lasts usually 3 visits)
3. I only made resolutions because everyone else announced them and I needed to have some myself to keep up with the conversations.
What about you?