Bear with me this is going somewhere.
I'm unemployed, overweight, out of shape, and unorganized. I'm perpetually tired because I haven't done anything about my sleep apnea. My diet's crap, I drink to much; I consume caffeine and sugar like it's the cure for ebola and I'm patient zero.
My wife's less-than-pleased with all of that, so tack on: I don't pay enough to attention to her. I'm less romantic than promised, and I'm on my phone too much. I haven't turned in anything for this website on time, and what I have turned in is underwhelming in frequency and content.
I've left some things out, but neither of us would survive the reading or writing of the comprehensive list.
Any of these things would make productive New Years Resolutions, in fact at first I just wrote down, “Try?” But resolutions are terrible. As a life-long underachiever, I'm tired of making promises to myself that we all know I'm not following through on. Just means that at the end of the year I'll still be overweight, but I'll also feel guilty, and that's bullshit.
Don't quit, this is moving in a positive direction.
Then I idly Googled “Resolutions” and found several articles stuffed with statistics. Most of them were nonsense. But I kept running across one that stuck with me. Somewhere between 5% and 15% of people who bother to make a New Year's Resolution succeed over people who just “try” at the same shit. Hark! What yonder miracle hath fallen upon us? A statistical miracle? Through simply declaring something I might increase my chances of success?
In 2016 I became a believer of the New Years Rezz. I'm not naïve. I know that just declaring a NYR isn't making it happen. But it can't get worse... What's more is that writing out an NYR, especially publicly, increases the chance of follow through by 20%. SO YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING NOW!!!
I'll lose weight
I'll get in shape
I'll accomplish tasks
I'll be on time
I'll treat my sleep apnea
I'll be a better husband
I'll be a better friend
I'll tell people how important they are to me in a sincere manner
I'll drink less
I'll consume less caffeine
I'll ease up on the sugar
I'll stop treating my body like roadkill
I'll be prompt in my submissions to CULT$
I'll be positive more
I'll express my happiness more productively
I'll get a job
I'll pay bills on time
I'll be responsible
It's been declared, and published. I welcome my increased chances. It's not blind optimism, it's numbers. And worst case... I don't pull it off and I try again next year.
by Nathan Hankins (@nathanhmhankins)