Beware of the New Year’s Resolution’s Trap!
Posted: December 25, 2018
So it’s that time again…the end of one year and beginning of a new one! At Star, we love using this time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the next. For us, there is a big difference between New Year’s Resolutions and New Year’s Goal Setting. There’s no secret on the statistics of how short-lived New Year’s Resolutions are. Most aren’t kept through the end of the first week of January and definitely not through the end of the month! But why?
Our theory is the timeline. Goals are understood to be a process. Most know that if you set a goal, it’s going to take time. New Year’s Resolutions, however, are expected to have an abrupt start, usually January 1st, and continue indefinitely. By setting a New Year’s Resolution, you are asking yourself to change deep-seeded habits within 24 hours. You are asking yourself to accomplish your “goal” within 24 hours. Then expecting yourself to continue hitting that goal every day until it becomes a habit. At STAR, we are all about self-discipline, but that sounds more like an unnatural superpower! The usual result is that you not only fall back into your old habits, but feel so badly about the process that you don’t try again until the next year!