3 Reasons Not To Tell People Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve

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Happy 2016!

It’s the beginning of a new year and we all know what that means! As far as tradition, this is the time to set ourselves some resolutions that’ll hopefully stick and impact our lives for the next year to come. #NewYearNewMe

I totally agree with resolutions and goal setting. It doesn’t have to be overly formal. Some people think of goal setting as dream boards and powerpoint presentations, (I mean… you do you) – but I do think it is a great idea to find a part of your life that you can improve and set some resolutions. Even without an official transcript of it.

There are two mistakes that I find with resolutions. We overcompensate when trying to think of a goal to set for an ENTIRE YEAR. When really, we should come up with baby-step goals to re-evaluate every month-or-so to actually start to get somewhere. If it’s something like “drink more water” you can begin with drinking one glass when you wake up and one 20 minutes before bed. In a week you can download a water reminder app for your phone. In 2 weeks you can buy a 1L water bottle. By the end of the month you will be eased into a greater water intake and can already tick it off your list.

The second mistake is TELLING people your resolutions. It’s hard to avoid since people do ask, but you can always make up a simple one and keep the important ones to yourself. Here are 3 reasons not to tell people your New Year’s Resolutions:

1) Your family and friends will become nosy and influential on your goal setting.
Whether they pressure you to complete it at the wrong time and make you feel guilty; whether they purposely tempt you to test your will power for fun; or whether they try to change it for you because everyone has their own idea. If you don’t tell them, you won’t receive all the critiques on how you are pursuing it.

2) If your resolutions fail, you won’t feel guilty.
Some people may consider this a bad thing because the pressure of achieving them is their motivation. To each their own.

3) You end up tricking your psyche into thinking they’ve already been achieved.
Here’s Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself to explain this point further:

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