Read an article in The New Yorker about interesting findings on how and why we make and break resolutions.
While the various studies were interesting, what also stuck with me was the sense of optimism that we have. Quote:
In a series of studies, forthcoming from the journal Management Science, Milkman, Riis, and Dai found that fresh starts do push us to change our behavior. The beginning of a week, a month, or a year forms what the psychologist Richard Thaler calls a “notational boundary.” With that, researchers suspect, comes a sense of optimism, the promise of “a new me,” as Milkman put it.
This sense of a new me is a powerful driver of our behavior. This also formed the basis of several fascinating conversations today with S, R, A, L among others… as we cheered for participants of the New Year’s Double Marathon this morning, watched Stanford play Michigan State at the Rose Bowl in the afternoon and a deep, emotional conversation this evening.
No new year resolutions this time around. I’ll just be consistent in the behavioral changes already firmed up in 2013. I’ll continue to experience the fun in daily exercise and daily expression of my creativity. Yes, I have learning goals – more on those as we go along – but no “resolutions” as such.