You’ve probably heard about how most people don’t end up sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. They buy gym memberships in January, go a handful of times and then stop bothering. Or they decide to eat more healthily, that lasts about a week, and then they revert back to their default state.
A few years ago, I discovered a fun and easy way to make New Year’s Resolutions more likely to stick. And that’s simply to start them a week or two early.
The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that we give them far too much weighting in our collective culture. It feels a ‘big deal’ to make a vow to ourselves that we’ll do this ‘big’ thing from January 1st and keep it up for the whole year.
If however, we start on 16th December, it feels like less of a big deal and more like a simple change we could really have made whenever we wanted.
This has helped me stick to a few different resolutions over the years, although admittedly I’ve still got plenty that have fallen by the wayside.
Have a great week!
PS: 12 months ago, I wrote almost this exact email to this mailing list of 4,034 subscribers. Now we’re on 17,860 subscribers. I don’t even really look at the numbers anymore, but I think they illustrate the power of consistency
, of just showing up
repeatedly. I wish I cared as much about the gym or healthy eating…