Research shows that the second Friday of January is the average day by which New Year’s resolution motivation skids to a halt. That day is termed Quitter’s Day.
Wow. The term ‘quitter’ is aggressive. Although it may technically describe what’s happening, the stopping of a behavior, that word summons negativity like a plague summons death.
The American Psychological Association claims 93% of people make New Year’s resolutions. If the majority of those 93% start to throw their New Year’s resolution in the trash by the second week, it seems reasonable to suggest New Year’s resolutions are more well-meaning gestures than actions that yield desired
results. Given these statistics, it can be assumed that the vast majority of those reading this piece have already laid their New Year’s resolution to rest in the graveyard of ‘Wanting but not Willing & Ready’.
Perhaps it’s time for another perspective?
Although I appreciate the tradition and sentiment behind New Year’s resolutions, why does the flip of the calendar call us to make a change? Why do people determine New Year’s resolutions weeks or even months in advance and decide to enact them on January 1st?