PROS AND CONS OF NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
MAINSTREAM THERAPY OFFERS SELF HELP IN SETTING GOALS!
The history of starting a fresh slate for the New Year dates back to Roman times. We’ve changed the vision slightly by creating uniquely personal goal resolutions. Now, however, it seems to be a habit – not necessarily followed. In doing some research we noticed repeatedly that only 8% of those who make resolutions actually follow through. We’re not sure where the numbers come from – but we read it so it must be true. (LOL)
WHEN WORKS BEST FOR YOU?
Angel Powers of Mainstream Therapy feels that making resolutions is ultimately a very personal choice. First of all, Angel believes that we’ve been cognitively wired for the start of a new year to be September. This has a lot to do with the unwinding of summer and the new school year for our youth. Many of us make real plans for starting new things once children are back in classes. So take a look and you might notice that you’ve already started to implement different organizational things in your life that you weren’t doing. All of this relates to the Sept.- June conditioning. This can make it doubly difficult to “re-start” once again in January. The fresh slate of a brand new year can be very alluring, but take care to look at it with gratitude. Each new day is a gift – one to be welcomed and cherished.
There are certainly both pros and cons when deciding on making your resolution list. Mainstream Therapy thinks that for some, we’re best when we set resolutions on an ongoing basis. We could try to use “SMART” goals. (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound). Angel finds that this formula works best for many of us.
THOUGHTS ON PROS:
- Some people need time to prepare themselves in order to attain goals.
- There may be some financial incentives starting in January (ie. Special pricing on gym memberships)
- Self awareness – Reflecting on what we’ve accomplished over the past year, allows us to be able to set specific goals.
- January/September are fresh starts to a new year with new beginnings. This feeling of a fresh slate can be very liberating.
- The empowerment we feel when we can control our own goal-setting is amazing.
THOUGHTS ON CONS:
- It can be overwhelming to set out realistic goals.
- Maybe the start of a New Year or winter months doesn’t motivate you, and September works better.
- Possibly we make unrealistic goals without an effective plan in place.
- Deadlines may create procrastination. You’ve given yourself a whole year, haven’t you?
Many of us see new goals as exciting or many of us can experience the “daunting” effect. By making micro changes, it can help our bodies adapt to synchronistic changes that become regular. For example, kicking up a workout routine…I think we’ve all been there. Start kickboxing every day and our bodies hurt. Some of us need slower changes/small increments which ties into your S.M.A.R.T. goals.
We think that we should take the time to reflect on our accomplishments and continue to motivate our selves, whether we’re setting resolutions or not.