“A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail…” – Wikipedia
Happy New Years Eve!
When I woke up this morning, I had no clue what I was going to write. Looking for inspiration, I took to the internets and searched “new years resolutions” on the Google. (Excuse my excessive use of Bushisms)
The first website I clicked on was Wikipedia (an awkward place to try to find inspiration), and I found the quote that’s at the beginning of this post. This quote served as the first impetus for this post.
Originally, I planned on titling this “will you be among the 12%?” and I was going to touch upon some of the reasons we fail to achieve our goals, and explore some ways in which we might prevent that from happening. (very original)
Now, back to the google search I mentioned earlier.
With a vague idea of what I wanted to write about, I searched “goal setting” in order to find more inspiration. I found what I was looking for…
After reading “Why goal setting doesn’t work” by Ray Williams on Psychology Today, I began to question my assumptions about why we fail to fullfill our goals.
My topic had changed, and I began critically analyzing some of my assumptions.
While I was in the middle of writing on my new topic for today, a phrase came to mind: “moving beyond New Years resolutions”. I liked this phrase, so I decided to change my topic once again. (gotta love ADHD)
The intro to this post ends here.
Like most of my other intro’s on this blog, I began by choosing something random to write about – whatever comes to mind – and proceeded to write about it.
At this point, I could potentially proceed a number of way. I could:
- turn this into a discussion on decision making in general
- preach the importance of sticking to one plan of action
- rant about my inability to stay focused today
- be a-you-know-what and abruptly end theirs post here
Instead, I’ve decided to try to return to what I originally wanted to do with this post, and, somehow, tie it in with the topic of New Years resolutions.
My attitude is this: if you make it to where you had resolved to go in the beginning, then all of the diversions you take on your life’s path don’t really matter.
When we get blown off course, it’s okay. The real problem is when we decide to not try to get back on course.
Perhaps the reason why only 12% of people succeed at accomplishing their New Years resolution is because 88% of us tend to give up after being blown off course…
This post didn’t proceed as I had originally expected. I still, however, accomplished some of what I set out to do. In addition, I:
- admitted to not always finding it easy to write, despite my talent;
- offer a glimpse into my approach to writing these posts;
- express some ideas that can be used for future posts.
- didn’t let my ADHD not get in the way of my goals.