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.
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
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?