Ah, yes. Another new year, so another set of New Year’s Resolutions will be issued. I say, Don’t Bother: New Year’s Resolutions Fail. That’s right. Only 8% of resolutions are upheld for the year. Or rather there’s a 92% failure rate.
I haven’t made a resolution for the new year in 9 years ever since I created my holiday: Tabula Rasa Day with a declaration.
Don’t Bother: New Year’s Resolutions Fail
I’m saying this to further my cynical view of my fellow Americans. I’ve made them in the past, and each of them have failed as well. All of them. There are several reasons why they fail, but take a look at what the resolutions are to understand why.
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Learn Something New
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Spend More Time with Family
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
Each one is too ambitious, too ambiguous, takes too long to see results, and require a paradigm shift in your lifestyle. In fact 4 out of the 10, I consider under the same category – health. And Americans in general are unhealthy. That’s why those resolutions reflect a want to be better but it won’t happen.
Once I say, Don’t Bother: New Year’s Resolutions Fail. The remaining resolutions are too ambitious for a year’s time to complete. Don’t misunderstand me, either. I’m all for changing your life, your lifestyle, or improving yourself. It’s just too much without a wholesale change to your life, and dedication and focus that most Americans lack. That’s why Don’t Bother: New Year’s Resolutions Fail.
For a more positive approach, figure out why that 8% was successful. They were probably successful because their resolution(s) was succinct, measurable, accountable and timely.
As mentioned before, I created a holiday that celebrates self-improvement. I prefer my Tabula Rasa Day Declaration over #NYEresolution any day. It’s specific, it has metrics, timely, and attainable.
#IDeclare to visit the gym or have 100 workouts in one year.
That’s an average of 2 visits per week with only 2 weeks off! To me, that seems reasonable, yet still challenging. So my question is to you.
Are you gonna join me on December 1st to announce your TRD Declaration or continue with your New Year’s Resolutions that have 92% failure rate?
Until next time, be good like you should, and if you can’t be good, be good at what you do.
Mic drop *bOoM*