As said by Charles Lamb, “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” And it sure does feel like it. For most, New Year’s feels refreshing and full of hope. With New Year’s comes new calendars, new semesters, and new beginnings. It’s natural to use New Year’s as a springboard into making a change and chasing a goal. It’s the perfect time to make resolutions for this reason.
We’re here to tell you that New Year’s is not the key to successful resolutions and goals. Of the 50 percent of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent actually see them through. That doesn’t look too good for New Year’s as a holiday or as a motivator. Yet, we continue to save up our resolutions until the confetti falls and January 1 begins.
Well, here’s what we say: Screw New Year’s, its confetti and its pressures and promises of change. It’s time you felt hopeful and resolved throughout the entire year.
If the secret to successful resolutions isn’t New Year’s, then what is it? The answer is simple (and not always welcomed): Willpower, to better ourselves and the world. And–believe us–finding willpower is tough. Today, it’s easier to find ourselves snacking on unhealthy food, in front of the television, after sleeping in for hours and blowing off time with our friends and family. Technology has aided our transformation into a society of immediate gratification, and this new factor hasn’t played nicely with our tendencies towards laziness, apathy, and selfishness. Mix these all together, and you’ve got a majority of weak-willed people.
Because of this, self-control is more important today than it has ever been. According to Daniel Akst, author of We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess:
“It’s not that we have less willpower than we used to, but rather that modern life immerses us daily in a set of temptations far more evolved than we are.”
The annual Stress in America survey defends this. Survey participants regularly cite a lack of willpower as the number one reason for not following through with healthy lifestyle changes. The truth is, these trends are not going to reverse anytime soon. It’s our behavior that must change.
Don’t get us wrong. Making resolutions at New Year’s is great, but there’s no reason why you can’t start making a difference in your life today–whether today is in April or October or is December 31. Here are a few reasons to stop waiting for New Year’s and start setting resolutions today.
- Allow time to build a routine. Setting a routine takes time. A study performed by Phillippa Lally, a psychologist in London, discovered that on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic–66 days to be exact. Starting today means that you’ll reach a place of routine sooner. Resolutions are not a race, but it’s better to initiate change at a slow and steady pace. We may feel that we’re starting stronger by starting in the new year, but more likely than not we’ll become impatient and give up. Starting today allows us to adjust accordingly for the length needed to see results.
- Prove you won’t procrastinate. If you’re serious about making changes, you should be eager to start today, right where you are. Typically, we set New Year’s resolutions thinking that the new year will provide the push we need. If we don’t already have the willpower, the new year sure won’t provide that for us. As the old saying goes, “Why put off tomorrow what you can do today?”
- Waiting isn’t good. Setting a resolution for the future is procrastination in itself. Waiting to start a goal only inhibits your chances of actually reaching it. Prioritizing planning and putting off action pushes you farther away from your end goal. Start now and increases your chances of success.
- Treat every day as if it’s your last. Although the new year may be right around the corner, it’s not promised to you. Nor are next week and tomorrow morning. So many people simply plan to do things but never choose to act upon them. Don’t fall into the fallacy of “next time”.
To many, a new year means new pressures to jumpstart change. Resolution Club takes that pressure (which can be healthy) and turns it into bite-size pieces to be consumed daily, like a vitamin. Our software allows you to set resolutions and goals year-round. By
Resolution Club is a place to set, measure, and complete daily resolutions with the help of your family and friends. By utilizing Facebook, Resolution Club creates a community of support while we resolve to better ourselves and the world. Resolution Club acknowledges the lack of willpower that most of us face, and challenges us to take our resolutions day by day.
With Resolution Club, you’ll have a greater chance of keeping your resolution, regardless of when you set it. Join Resolution Club today.