Forget New Year’s, instead make a resolution of resolve

January 2, 2015

A number of years ago I made a mid-June resolution to memorize one poem by W.B. Yeats every week. It seemed as arbitrary a start date as the first of January, and I reasoned that the dedication to the task mattered more than some vague societal construct.

I may have been on to something. According to an oftcited study by the University of Scranton published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, people who made New Year’s resolutions were more than 10 times as likely to successfully attain their goals, but one’s mentality in anticipation of the start of the resolution—”self-efficacy, skills to change, and readiness to change assessed before January 1″—was key to success. Keeping this in mind, this weekend’s Data Dive features some of the Web’s best suggestions for successful resolutions, start date to be determined by your attitude.

So digest these suggestions, take you time and when you’ve picked your fight, attack you goal remembering that it’s your state of mind that really matters. Oh, and as for my resolution to learn Yeats, I was young and weak-willed so it only lasted three weeks. But the one poem I  wound up committing permanent memory was a good one.

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