Tis the season for fresh starts, new goals, and the grand promise of resolutions. But why do we set resolutions? Tradition tells us to, certainly, but most of us have a genuine interest in bettering ourselves. In fact, many of us feel the need to do so in the same ways:
With such great goals, why do we fail?
Typically, I fall into the resolution death trap trifecta - too many, too big, too vague. "Be kind to yourself." "Actually practice scales." "Get in shape." In an effort to create a reachable, improved version of myself in 2016 (as well as keep one of my resolutions AND test my own advice!), I checked in with some resources on goal setting.
Advice is everywhere. One author at Psych Central implores us to make "nourishing" resolutions in a "goal-friendly environment", one from The New Yorker suggests that the most successful resolution is a well-timed resolution, and a third at U.S. News and World Report insists that written resolutions are the only ones that count. My interpretation is to combine these and combat the trifecta - pick a few breakdown-able, specific goals and track them in writing.
What works for you in setting resolutions? Share below!
To do as I say, here are my 2016 New Year's Resolutions, categorized as a means to limit my resolution frenzy. (If you don't care about my intellectual, physical, or professional ones, skip to the bottom for the musical.)
Read the following ten books:
And yes, I will try to practice my scales, too.