motivating on resolutions

After a long hiatus, I have resumed writing. Although that would imply that I had been in a routine to do so before. And, no, it’s not a new years resolution. If it had been, I would have failed for every year for the past several. And as I watched my friend at MotionPicturesComics.com post four cartoons and four blog entries a week for the past four years, I always felt behind with no way to catch up. The math ran through my head. “If only I had posted one a week, then I would have had 200 entries. Or had I posted one a month, then I would have had at least 50 entries.”

So many have been stifled by these kind of thoughts. And rationally, the argument is easy: if you don’t start now, you’ll never get there. But emotionally, not a chance; completely irrational.

I recently read this by Dan Ariely, former professor of mine at Duke University when asked do you believe in new years resolutions? “Yes”, he said, “Each year for about a week. Five days before New Years. And two days afterwards.” ((WSJ: Ask Ariely))

My thoughts exactly. Resolve to do something different at any point of the year. At any time you want to make a change. ((And, yes, I’m not missing the irony that I have started to write again just around the start of the new year. And, oh yeah, started to be more regular in exercising on a weekly basis.)) But no matter what time of year it is, breaking with routine and changing habits is so difficult. In fact, people who’s lives depend on the change, such as altering diet because of a heart attack, are equally as likely (as in not likely at all) to maintain the change (( Are we in control of our own decisions? )).