Is January 1st just another day? Why do we consider the start of a new year to be important? Humans long ago decided on how our calendar works, and I understand that it's a milestone. However, New Year's resolutions are a bit odd and may be challenging to explain to an alien, should one visit you.
A quick Google search and anecdotal evidence shows that perhaps only 10-15% of resolutions are kept for the full year. In North America, depending on the age group, around 75% of the population say they will make a resolution each year. I don't think it's news that most will fail, and often fail very early on, perhaps in just a few days!
a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.
the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
a resolve; a decision or determination:
- to make a firm resolution to do something.
- Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
Rather than proclaiming a New Year's resolution, perhaps joining a short-term challenge is a better option for success?
Given the vast array of distractions we have in our life, it's no wonder that abiding by a resolution for a year (let alone a lifetime) is a rare occurrence. We also tend to imagine that we have set an achievable goal when, in fact, we are overly optimistic and would benefit by being more realistic.
a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.
I find short-term challenges (30 - 90 days) to be more beneficial than long-term resolutions. For me, I think short-term challenges are more impactful than large resolutions. Small challenges that lead to habits compound over time.
I tend to try too many experiments at one time. These are my current challenges – notice, I somehow avoided the challenge of focusing on one thing at a time. 🤷♂️
- 7 Day Newsletter Bootcamp by Kristian Freeman
- 14 Day Product Challenge by Gumroad
- 90DaysOfProse by @DKH
- 90 Days with Drops (Cantonese) by Drops, a Kahoot! company
I wish you the best with your resolutions, challenges, goals, or whatever name you use. If I can help, or you want to join me on a challenge, let's talk!
Be seeing you!