Resolutions Gone Bad
It seems that when December begins to roll around people start planning for their next failed attempt at a New Year’s resolution. The first ironic part is that this improvement in their life could take place now however most people postpone it until the start of the next year. The reality is you can reinvest yourself in any New Year’s resolution at any time without having to wait for the ball to drop. So why don’t we?
Many Reasons To Fail
There are many excuses that we can make to ourselves about why we do not stick to our New Year’s resolutions, but the most common ones tend to be that we ran out of time, or slipped up once and just decided to throw in the towel, or maybe even that you made it to that next milestone and decided that was good enough. Of course we all know deep down that these resolutions are small goals for us to accomplish to make ourselves feel better in our day-to-day life. So why do we give up? Why do we fall off the horse and not get back on? The reality is that this is the easy way to put it behind us. When we don’t feel obligated or hold ourselves responsible for these goals, we become afraid. Once that fear has settled inside us it is always easier to use it as a crutch and not to take the more difficult route and try once again.
Why Not Make It A Quarterly Year’s Resolution?
What if we stopped obeying the rules that society has put in place as the proper time to create a resolution? What if watching the ball drop became our 12 o’clock, our high noon, our first of four times throughout the year that we set goals for ourselves? That’s right let’s set a new trend! All sports have a built-in plan for potential growth. That is why basketball, soccer, baseball, football all have a variety of halves, innings, and quarters before the game comes to a complete end. That is why I say January 1, March 1, June 1, and finally September 1 could all be new markers for our goals. By breaking down our resolution into four parts we can set smaller goals and create a climbing experience for ourselves rather than giving ourselves one shot out of a cannon to completely revise our lives and make a permanent change. By thinking in this incremental time we set ourselves up for achievement on four separate days during the calendar year. This seems to be a positive plan than setting ourselves up for failure and putting the pressure to get it right only one time. So try it out. After all, it’s better than reinventing the wheel every year and what is the worst that can happen? You try four times to lose weight? Quit smoking? Spend time with the family? It sounds like a win-win to me!