I love how I post my New Year’s Resolutions and my last year’s resolutions on this blog and still can’t seem to keep any of them. Ha. Resolutions are another way that I lie to myself about accomplishing things. I call my resolutions a goal list. That way I can break it down into smaller more digestible parts. When I give myself smaller digestible parts, I am more inclined to get it done – hence giving myself the ability to pat my back sooner. For example, my resolution was to write at least 4 times a week. Well, here we are a week after the resolution. 1 article per week. Looks like I already broke my first resolution within 1 week of setting it. Or does it? If I’m up at 5:45 AM writing this, then I tell myself, look at you girl. Good job. You woke up at the crack of dawn to write a bunch of stuff that makes no sense because you’re tired. Well-done. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat.
I googled the Psychology of Resolutions and found this excerpt is from The Dr. Deb blog:
Research says that about 45% of the population make one or more resolutions at the onset of each New Year. Some of the top resolutions involve weight loss, exercising more, stopping smoking or drinking or other “bad” habits. Also popular are resolutions to manage finances better.
Psychologically speaking, the end of a year generally moves us to self-reflect. We think about what was good about the year. The moments that were trying or hard – and all of the moments in-between. The beginning of a New Year can represent a fresh clean slate, where we start anew. It can be a time of new found hope and motivation.
While a lot of people who make New Year’s resolutions generally find them hard to keep, research shows that making resolutions can be useful. People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make any.
Well there you go. Tis’ better to make and break a New Year’s resolution than to not make one at all. I suppose that makes sense. Dr. Deb goes on to say that the best thing to do is break your goals into tangible (i.e. chewy and digestible) parts. I always think it’s good to have a goal or 12. After all, if you can’t reach one, there are 11 more to shoot for. I did manage to reach 1 chewy and digestible resolution. To eat less whip cream. I know. WTF. You’d be surprised. Whip cream to me is like chocolate to others. I don’t know if it’s the creamy enjoyment or the whip-it you get to do at the end that makes whip cream my downfall. Either way, I was out of control. So I quit over 9 days ago and started eating raspberry chocolate popsicles instead. Delicious.