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Are New Year’s Resolutions a Waste of Time?

Published January 8, 2010 - 6 Comments

As I cracked open my bottle of Coke at 6:05 this morning on the drive in, it occurred to me… once again, my well-intentioned New Year’s Resolution had bitten the dust.  I actually bought a Coke 2 nights prior…  instant comfort for what some might consider a “bad day”…  That’s my excuse, but chances are… I would have broken it sooner or later anyway.  I was on my 6th day as a recovering Coke-head.  There was so much junk food in the house that I really hadn’t thought too much about having a Coke.  Night shifts are a little iffy, but again… there was plenty of junk to keep my mind occupied.  I figured that the real test would be in another 2 weeks when the Christmas junk food stocks had been depleted and I was watching TV and suddenly had the urge for something sweet and oh-so-yummy.  Then off to the corner store I would go, slapping down my bank card for some overly-priced convenience goods.

Which begs the question…  Are New Year’s Resolutions a total waste of time?  Do people really change their habits just because they throw out their old calendar and replace it with a new one?  If I wanted to stop drinking Coke, or any of the other things that I put on my list, surely I could have stopped in December.  Or March.  Or July.  You get the point.  I remember reading something once that talked about habit forming behaviour.  How long it took to form a bad habit.  How long it took to break that habit.  It’s all about repetition.  Obviously 6 days wasn’t quite enough to break the cycle of Coke abuse.  Gee, that sounds more intriguing than it really is.

I fell off the wagon.. but that’s fine… the great thing about wagons is that they’re slow moving, so you can climb back up onto them and try again…

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