I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

No New Year’s Resolutions for me.  Either I’m going to do something, or not. “Resolving” to do something on the first of the year tends to get me a burst of enthusiasm, which is well and good. But then that enthusiasm wanes for anything that can’t be done in a day. It’s not so much a long term commitment as a short term project. Then I feel guilty for not sticking with something that was only vaguely defined anyway.

Gyms owners must love this time of year. A bunch of people make resolutions to get in shape, sign up for a gym membership, and go three times the first week. Then once a week. Then every other week. Then one time maybe in mid February. Then not at all.

Don’t misunderstand. Changing your thinking is the best way to change your feelings, attitude, and actions. A commitment marks a change, a promise, and can be profoundly life-changing. I just don’t think a once-a-year reflex is the best way. Instead, I’d rather set goals, break them down into smaller and smaller pieces, and make bite-sized progress. (see that earlier post). I know what I’m doing, and why, and that builds in a LOT of motivation without too much pressure. Also, bite-sized progress avoids the energy-sapping guilt of breaking or failing to instantly achieve some rather vaguely defined goal.

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