Did you know that January 17th was “Ditch Your Resolutions Day”? It’s the day most people already give up on their well-intentioned New Year’s goals of getting in shape and working out more – which I think is such a shame. The research goes back and forth on exactly how long it takes to form a habit (21 days? 60 days?) but seventeen days is definitely not long enough.
But what I like least about the made-up holiday is the fact that it makes it acceptable to give up on your resolutions – which is a really terrible mentality if you truly want to achieve your goals. Why is failure considered acceptable? If I learned anything from reading Angela Duckworth’s Grit last year, it’s the importance of persisting rather than just giving up when things don’t go your way.
Falling off the wagon in mid-January doesn’t mean you have to wait until January 2018 to try again; you can restart a resolution any time you like. That’s part of why I really like the Habitbull app – if I miss a day, it shows up as a break in the chain, but that break can be just a blip on the radar if I keep going and build a longer chain. As I mentioned in my January goal check in on Thursday, I did skip my morning routine one day this month, but I caught up later in the day and didn’t stress too much about missing it. I’m really happy with my decision to shoot for small goals this year, and while it may not seem like much, I’m pretty proud that I’ve stuck with my resolutions so far!
If you haven’t been so successful with your resolutions (or if you didn’t set any at all), there’s no time like the present to reevaluate :) I recently enjoy a short eBook, Bad Habits No More: 25 Steps to Break Any Bad Habit by Steve Scott. I picked it up because it had an intriguing title and also because it was free, but I’d say it was definitely worth double that ;) Haha. In all seriousness, Scott did an awesome job summarizing tons of different research around habits and providing actionable tactics to break bad habits and adopt good habits. Plus, at only 89 pages, it’s a very quick and easy read.
Wireless sport Bluetooth headphone maker Jaybird wants to help keep people motivated and on track to reach their New Year’s resolutions… so they’ve offered to give away a pair of the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones to one lucky reader. The Freedoms have microsized buds that are designed to fit snugly in even the smallest of ears.
This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. To enter, leave a comment telling me what resolution you’re working toward achieving, and log that in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you’re reading this in Feedly/Bloglovin’/email, you’ll need to click through to enter). The contest will run through next Friday February 10th at 11:59pm MT, at which time a winner will be chosen by random drawing and contacted by email.
Disclosure: Jaybird sent me a pair of the Freedom Bluetooth Wireless Headphones as well, but I received no other compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.