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Monthly Checkup on New Year Resolutions


Despite the frequent tradition of New Year’s resolutions, many lose momentum and become overshadowed by daily life due to their vague nature and lack of adaptability. By reframing these resolutions into specific, monthly goals, there’s an opportunity for achievable change, fostering a cycle of reflection and personal growth.

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Every year, as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, millions of people around the globe are filled with hope and determination, pledging to change their lives for the better. Yet, despite these good intentions, a staggering number of these resolutions start losing momentum as the year goes by. The excitement fades, life’s unpredictabilities intercept our rhythm, and soon, the resolution that once seemed achievable is overshadowed by the day-to-day demands of life. I, too, have been in this cycle, setting ambitious yearly goals only to find them gathering dust by March.


Many people’s goals can falter for a few reasons: they are not actionable plans but rather general statements of what they want them to be, they do not have a ‘why’ behind them, or they are not altered as a response to the changes that happen in life. This framework makes it easy for us to fail, making a transformative process into unrealistic standards.


Considering these challenges, I’ve shifted my perspective to view New Year’s resolutions as a scientific experiment, seeking a structured and adaptable solution. The breakthrough occurred when I started reframing these resolutions into specific, time-bound monthly goals. This approach not only simplifies the overarching aspiration but also allows for flexibility and immediate feedback. For example, during the pandemic, I embarked on a personal experiment: setting a clear goal to enhance my productivity with actionable monthly steps. The simplicity of monthly targets—like committing to reading for 15 minutes every day—transformed my long-term objective of reading 1 book every month into manageable, bite-sized pieces. This method fostered a sense of progress and adaptability, enabling me to adjust or reaffirm my commitments each month. As most people say, it takes 21 days to form a habit. The beauty of monthly resolutions lies in their scope: small enough to be achievable but significant enough to contribute to substantial change. This approach accommodates life’s fluidity, allowing for resets and recalibrations without abandoning the overall mission. Each month offers a new beginning, a fresh opportunity to recommit or redirect, keeping the momentum alive and responsive to our evolving lives.


The key to success with monthly resolutions is reflecting on the process. Some months will be triumphant, others less so, but each provides invaluable insights. Did you truly commit? Perhaps it’s time to up the challenge. Did you falter? Analyze why and adjust accordingly. This cycle of reflection and adaptation ensures that your resolutions remain relevant and aligned with your personal growth.


As we navigate through the year, I encourage you to revisit your New Year’s aspirations and consider the monthly resolution approach. It’s a strategy that honors the fluidity of life, acknowledges the necessity for manageable objectives, and celebrates the small victories along the way. If you’re willing to try it, you might just find that this is the year your resolutions transform from fleeting wishes to proud achievements.


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