Check Your Resolution Before You WRECK Your Resolution
With 2016 nearly upon us, it's only normal to start thinking about New Year's Resolutions. Quit eating junk food. Start saving money. Make more time to read. Learn macrame. Whatever your plan may be, it's better to be prepared...
That's right, friends. Just know that you aren't going to make it. Science says so.
According to this article from the Wall Street Journal, you'll have WAY more success with your resolutions if you spread them out throughout the entire year; thinking of 2016 being the year you're going to do/quit/start something, rather than the exact day the new year starts. Quote, "It makes no sense to try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time, or to clean the apartment and give up wine in the same month. Instead, we should respect the feebleness of self-control, and spread our resolutions out over the entire year."
Makes sense, right? One thing at a time. What's even more interesting: "Most of us assume that self-control is largely a character issue, and that we would follow through on our New Year's resolutions if only we had a bit more discipline. But this research suggests that willpower itself is inherently limited, and that our January promises fail in large part because the brain wasn't built for success."
The brain wasn't built for success.
Wow. So that means that overcoming an addiction, learning a skill, or carving out that time for family, makes you super human.
There's something truly cool about that.
Click here to read the full article (it's worth it).