According to experts tomorrow, February 7th, is the dreaded day.
It’s the day we abandon our resolutions because, according to research, 38 days after the we greet the New Year filled with hope– we quit.
Tomorrow all the things we felt unflaggingly optimistic about and the stuffs we thought we could accomplish will fall by the wayside.
Why 38 days?
The answer is as complicated and as simple as something called effort disparity.
When we set our resolutions we feel fearless. We realize attaining them will require a certain level of work and tenacity, but we believe we can do it.
The problem arises, however, when reality sets in and, invariably, we learn/experience success will require a shitton (technical term) more effort than anticipated.
We’d imagined achieving our resolutions would happen in the same way my fave Today Show Ambush Makeover segments go down.
One minute we’re a disheveled hot mess and, in the blink of an over-mascara’ed eye, we are polished, primped, perfection.
38 days into our own personal “ambush New Year’s resolution” segment it dawns on us it’s going to take a lot longer than 38 days.
But not this year.
After much rumination I present you with 3 ways we can defeat the experts’ prognostications, surpass the 38 day mark and cruise toward New Year’s resolution achievement.
Vent, b*tch & moan.
In a sense, this acts in the same way swearing can help mitigate pain.
Feel free to complain about how challenging it is to create a new habit. Have at it and moan/lament the fact change is haaaard and this is taking sooo much work! Give yourself a whining-break from focusing, working and striving.
But then? After? Embrace that stuff, acknowledge anything worth having requires work and get back to it.
Add an easy new habit.
If, for example, your resolution is to drink more water (raises hand) perhaps the ‘easy new habit’ is the act of buying a case of Lacroix each time you go to the grocery (also raises hand).
The addition of this new Lacroix purchasing habit might seem simplistic or even silly, but setting yourself up for success at home may provide precisely the momentum needed to achieve your goal/not give up.
Stop, drop, & laugh.
- Laughter isn’t frivolous it’s a full-body exercise which burns calories, elevated heart rate, and engages our core.
- Laughter is nature’s antidepressant and releases feel good chemicals like dopamine in the brain.
- Laughter boosts will power.
And, for the more serious-types, studies also indicate our brains cannot differentiate between authentic laughter and manufactured giggles.
The bottom line here is I believe in us.
I know we can do this and I know we will do this through b*tching (and moving on), snagging (the easy habits), and giggling (till we’ve got will power again).
What about you?
- Had you heard about the ominous nature of February 7th?
- Has your motivation toward achieving New Year’s resolutions begun to wane?