My New Years resolution didn’t last long

2 days as a matter of fact.  What remains to be seen is whether this is a hiccup or the beginning of the end.  At least this time I didn’t go off the air for weeks.  This happening does point to a couple of reasons that resolutions often (usually?) fail.  First off, resolutions are usually made about things that are especially troublesome for us.  Not only because they’re important but because we’ve had trouble just following through on it without having to make a big deal out of it.  That trouble is why we resorted to making a resolution for it.  But if we’ve had trouble with a goal before making a resolution about it, it’s possible that it’s an impossible goal for us.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that many resolutions fail; we pick goals we have trouble achieving.   If we’re smart, we’ll realize when we’re making the resolution that we’ve already had trouble with it so we should frame the resolution in a way that acknowledges the difficulties either by not being so ambitious or including support mechanisms that haven’t been used before.

It’s also important to not abandon the resolution if we run into difficulty.  Treat each setback as a learning opportunity where we can see what works and what doesn’t work.  Then make adjustments to reduce the likeliness of setbacks in the future.

Creating a successful situation is not just a matter of working hard and hoping for the best.  We need  to frame the goal in an achievable way and we have to include support mechanisms that will increase the chances of success.

This learning opportunity showed that having an easily identifiable schedule helps me to recognize when there’s a problem and to get back to posting.  It also points to  a problem or problems trying to post every weekday.  I either need to slow the posting schedule down or find ways to write articles faster.  We’ll see what works…