It is common knowledge that come the first of the New Year your gym will be bursting at the seams with new members, all excited to take their resolutions for a spin. Typically, this phenomenon lasts for about three weeks before the newcomers begin to fall off the wagon, one by one. We all know the drill.
I’m not here to sympathize with all the regular gym-goers about how annoying this is because I truly commend anyone who has the willpower to get off the couch, no matter how long the streak. What I am here to say is that I’m beginning to lose faith in this grand resolution-making process as a whole.
Statistically speaking, only eight percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions end up sticking to them. The main reason for this is that our resolutions tend to be so rigid that when we break, we break hard. This becomes either a vicious pattern, resulting in little to zero improvement, or discourages us to the point where we give up entirely.
If you’ve felt this familiar trepidation year after year, my advice to you is to begin setting smart goals that you can build upon. This could mean a number of things, whether it involves trying to become a more patient person or working towards a certain achievement at work that you would like to accomplish by the end of the year. It can even be as minute as implementing a simple habit that will enhance your daily life.
Whether you call it a goal or a resolution, make it attainable, something you can gradually work towards. This helps to reaffirm that setbacks can and most certainly will occur, decreasing the chances of your goal’s entire dissolution.
All of this being said, maybe our main resolution this year should just be to make wiser ones.