[I]t’s the start of a brand new year. A full 366 days filled with new beginnings and old endings. But more importantly, it’s a time for decisions, or what we commonly refer to as our New Year resolutions. Yes, those mental lists we make to remind ourselves to quit sneaking in another piece of candy and get our gym kick on.
Many of us will take Dec 31st (some earlier) to write or ponder up a list of resolutions we plan to enforce in the new year. These resolutions can range from losing weight, feeling more confident, to applying for our dream job. But while these all sound great in theory, it’s easy to get into the endless cycle of not following through with these goals.
But why the endless cycle?
It’s simple, bad habits are hard to break. According to a 2007 survey conducted on 3000 participants by British psychologist Richard Wiseman, only 12% were successful in keeping their new years resolutions a year later. So while many of our goals are made with the best intentions, it’s hard to keep the motivation alive.
Come next year, many of us will still have those unused gym pass buried under our bed or at the job we dread each day. And soon, we’ll be adding those unsuccessful goals to our resolutions list each year and we’ll never get closer to crossing them off our list.
Tiresome isn’t it?
It doesn’t have to be. We all have the ability to gradually break the vicious cycle and take control of our decisions, as well as our goals.