re: prompt 2
I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution that I’ve kept. I can’t even remember any resolutions I’ve ever made.
If I looked through some old notebooks, maybe I would find that I have kept a past resolution, but I doubt it.
For the most part, as soon as I write something down that I want to do, I lose the motivation to do it. Same goes for when I tell someone I’m going to do something. As soon as I write or say it, my brain makes up it’s mind that the act has already been completed and I move onto the next thing.
I think I first heard about this phenomena from Derek Sivers:
Tests done since 1933 show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen.
Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.
So what if New Year’s resolutions are a bad thing that actually keep us from accomplishing the goals we set?
I’ve decided to keep my mouth shut about the resolutions I have for 2014. Instead, maybe we should all focus on being more reliable and keeping our New Year’s revolutions.