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It's the Most Inadequate Time of the Year

How new years resolutions changed

Whereas previously resolutions took the form of taking stock of the previous year and making amends to move forward, the American culture today focus on the self.

Self-improvement often boils down to being thin and generating wealth.

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It's the Most Inadequate Time of the Year

It's the Most Inadequate Time of the Year

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/01/new-years-resolutions-marketing/579241/

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Influencing consumers

Near the end of the year, attempts to influence consumer behavior abounds with ways to "improve yourself" in the new year. They remind the consumer that you're still the same imperfect person they've always been.

The commodification of inadequacy is clear: You have some work you should be doing, and these companies have some related products to help you realize your goal.

How new years resolutions changed

Whereas previously resolutions took the form of taking stock of the previous year and making amends to move forward, the American culture today focus on the self.

Self-improvement often boils down to being thin and generating wealth.

Resolution-dependent advertising

Top resolutions tend to be the ones for which it's easiest to market products or services, like gym memberships or workout clothes. They are easily targeted to someone who feels pressure to change their physical aspect.

It is easy to imagine why people might choose these options when prompted to explain what they don't like about themselves and get them to buy things meant to soothe their fears of being unable to change.

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Procrastinating

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The longer any work is avoided the harder it becomes to eventually do it.

Like dishes piling up in the kitchen sink, they get harder and harder to do as the load increases.

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We justify these fears by imaginary different reasons, but the root cause is not related to our invented reasons, it is our inherent fear.

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Authentic Motivation

Why we set our goals matters. If it is out of fear or social expectations, then they are not going to last.

Authentic values are what helps achieve our goals, as there is a never-ending supply of willpower when we are doing what aligns with our innermost core.

Use Positive Framing

Resolving that you won't have any alcohol keeps the focus on the alcohol. Instead of focusing on what you don't want to do, focus on the positive aspect, like drinking more water.

Use gratitude and other positive emotions to steer your mind out of any pitfalls.

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There are no such things as secrets when it comes to personal success
Every piece of new advice you hear has been said before. The real secret lies in how well you execute the advice.  🤔

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something.

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something. No one can argue with that.  🏅
Practical Tips To Make Your Resolutions Stick Even Better ⚓️
  1. Keep It Small — It’s about thinking big and acting small. You’ll achieve those big goals in time.

  2. Measure Your Progress — If you don’t measure your progress, it’s safe to say that you are not making any. 

  3. Be Accountable To Yourself — One of the most important skills you can learn in life is to be self-reliant.