2023 is around the corner. Time to make some changes in your life. Right? Ready to set some resolutions?
Before you do, did you know that only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail!
24% (one in four people) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That’s pretty depressing.
(if you are interested in some fascinating statistics about resolutions, read this article: Interesting New Year’s Resolution Statistics)
One key finding: there is no correlation between happiness and resolution setting/success.
But all is not lost. There is a better way.
Here is an article a wrote a while ago, but is timeless: Making Resolutions That Work. It remains one of my most often cited articles.
Or, if you prefer, you can read a variation of this article that appeared as a full-page article in the Wall Street Journal several years ago (jpg).
The general premise is that instead of setting resolutions that are specific goals you want to create themes that help guide you and your decision making throughout the year.
These themes get me excited about the New Year. They also make activities that might have seemed tedious, more enjoyable.
What are your themes for the new year?
P.S. If you want to learn more about how to live a more “present moment” life, read Goal-Free Living This is where I originally wrote about the concept of themes vs resolutions.