I don't think the concept of New Year Resolutions is stupid, I just think the way most people go about it is.
Come on, think about it. "I'm going to become a totally different on the first day of 2014! I'm going to exercise, stop smoking, stop drinking, eat healthier, watch less TV and a bunch of other stuff".
That's ridiculous, if you have not been able to do any of that stuff in 2013, what makes you think you're going to do it all as of January the 1st 2014?
It's a crazy way of going about improving yourself, I suppose that's why it's estimated that 88% of people who set New Year Resolutions fail.. IF you take the US alone, that's like 276 261 879 failed resolutions every year..
(Based of estimated US population in 2010 - See More..)
Good luck on keeping yours going! I'm sure you can!
But do you want to know how to be 50% more likely to succeed?
Great! The first thing you need to do, is turn your New Year Resolutions into habits. Small ones of course
- Resolution: Stop Smoking.
- Habit: Cut out that morning cigarette you have with a cup of coffee.
If you turn your resolutions into small and scalable habits like this, you are much more likely to succeed and the chance of you being a totally new person by the end of 2014 is much greater.
Q. Why do this?
The answer to that is simple.
It's that part of your brain that's located in prefrontal cortex, it's the part that allows you to do what you SHOULD do over what you shouldn't.
You know, "Eat the cake or go for a walk?"...
It's a beautiful thing... BUT there's one issue with it.
Yep that's right, we as humans only have so much willpower. That's why imposing a bunch of huge New Year Resolutions is a bad idea.
Our brains can't handle it.. That's why most people never end up keeping them.
By turning your New Year Resolutions into habits, what you are doing is making small change which you can put all your focus into. You are creating new habits which will eventually overwrite your old ones.
Sure, you might think that cutting out than one cigarette you have first thing in the morning won't make you a better person. Actually, you'd be surprised, it does two incredible things.
1. It strengthens your willpower muscle, which makes you more likely to do things you want to do further on into the year.
2. It means you are more or less (as long as you are serious about change) guaranteed to do better at change than you did last year in terms of the long run.
The saying "Slow and steady wins the race" comes into play here, you start small and as you get comfortable with it, you increase it which in my example, might be cutting out another one or two cigarettes a day.
Do this and I promise you that you will do amazing in 2014!