Roll call! Who among you have so far stuck with your New Year’s resolutions? We are three weeks in January, people — and according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41 percent of us will not maintain our resolutions past one month.
Did you ever wonder why these goals are so hard to keep? To quote one story in the Wall Street Journal, “Willpower, like a bicep, can only exert itself so long before it gives out; it’s an extremely limited mental resource.” We therefore set ourselves up for failure when we vow to lose weight, save money, quit smoking or do more good deeds within 31 days.
So, give yourself a break if you have already wavered. There are 344 more days in 2018. And, if you’re wondering how I am doing on my one resolution — to remember my reusable shopping bags every time I grocery shop — I failed on day two.