Perhaps we should start by looking at the importance of New Year’s resolutions and the rationale behind them. As humans we will naturally strive to develop and change things we are not content with. Christmas is a time of celebration and happiness, so it is understandable perhaps that whilst our mood and motivation levels may be higher than normal, we can make these resolutions; and of course at this juncture we have every intention of seeing these through. New Year’s resolutions give us something to look forward to, they provide us with hope that we can make the changes we desire. There is of course an argument, imperfection is the best attribute one can possess as it means we continuously have something to strive for. After all, what does one is content and has everything have to look forward to?
So what goes wrong? Why do so many resolutions made at the end of December become redundant in January or February? One of the arguments is that quite simply the euphoria of Christmas is over. The fact is most of us will be returning to work, which psychologically creates the picture of normality. Motivation levels decline and what once inspired us, is now seen as a chore. Unable or unwilling, it is no coincidence that the anti-climax we often face after New Year coincides with a reticence to see through our resolutions. The key of course is to set targets throughout the year so psychologically you become accustomed to working toward goals. That way when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the process of working toward something is familiar and not seen as an arduous and alien task. More often than not it is the psychological as opposed to the practical elements which prohibit people from seeing through New Year resolutions. So for your new year’s resolution this year consider setting small and achievable targets throughout the year, which psychologically will be more manageable.