New Year’s resolutions are around the corner and guess what? I’m going to fail at them. I may stick with the resolutions for a few weeks, even a few months, but eventually I’ll taper off. It may be a cliche, the failed New Year’s resolution, but I’m hopelessly guilty. Every year I think, “If I just resolve a little harder, the habit will stick.” Nope.
I’m always going to fail because if I was actually resolved to do these things, I wouldn’t need a calendar to tell me when to start. If I was resolved to work out every day, I would already be working out. I’m not working out, so there must be a reason why.
Instead of just coming up with resolutions to fail at, I’m going to ask myself, “Why are you not already doing this?” Well, I don’t already work out because I don’t like working out. Trying to force myself to do it always ends in failure because I don’t like working out.
But I do like to kayak. And rock climb. And hike.
Instead of forcing myself to run on a treadmill and do sit-ups and hate my life, I should carve out more time to be outside. I will be more motivated to stick with it, in a way I’m not motivated to do more gym-style activities.
Some of you have the self-discipline to just do things. Most of us normal people don’t, we know it. We need to hack the system. So when you’re making resolutions this year, ask yourself, “Why am I not already doing this and what can I change to make myself more likely to do it?”