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How quickly have you broken a new years resolution?

Asked by TheProfoundPorcupine (2512 points ) January 1st, 2013

I have largely given up on the idea of new years resolutions as it puts added pressure on me and it will more than likely lead to failure at some point.

People will often say that they will get fit, lose weight, stop doing something, start doing something, or a whole host of other promises that are then generally broken, but how quickly have you managed to break a resolution?

When I was 14 I made a resolution to not get into trouble with my parents. I broke the resolution within 25 minutes.

So have you managed to break that promise that you made to yourself immediately or did you manage to make it to the 2nd?

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ucme's avatar

I refuse to answer anymore of your ques….oh poo!!

TheProfoundPorcupine's avatar

@ucme 2 minutes beats my record by 23 minutes. I congratulate you on your sterling work.

Shippy's avatar

I’ll get fat this year, so far its working out.

ucme's avatar

@TheProfoundPorcupine If you’re going to congratulate me, a GA would be rather fitiing don’t you think old bean?

TheProfoundPorcupine's avatar

@Shippy I look forward to hearing about your progress.

TheProfoundPorcupine's avatar

@ucme I gave you a GA just to prevent the tears.

ucme's avatar

@TheProfoundPorcupine From laughing so much yeah.

Coloma's avatar

I don’t make New Years resolutions. I just try to pay attention to those things I need to pay attention to as needed, all year long. Baby steps not cliff jumping is the best strategy for making changes.

TinyChi's avatar

Aww dude I forgot to make a resolution..
I don’t think I like ever made one before either.

janbb's avatar

I resolved to have more happiness this year and so far, I do.

tom_g's avatar

My resolution is to make every attempt to be free from all delusions and always be mindful, and be very kind to myself when I am neither.
So far, so good.

By the way, apparently it is counterproductive to announce goals. You are significantly less likely to achieve it once you have announced it. It has something to do with some minor satisfaction that is achieved by merely announcing it to people. I’ll try to find the data…

janbb's avatar

@tom_g But now that you’ve announced that you’ll try to find the data, you don’t have to actually do it, do you?

tom_g's avatar

^^ :) Right. But I’ll be lazy and link to some stupid blog that may or may not be relevant. My googlefu has resulted in dead links to abstracts. I’m done.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I have not made a new year’s resolution since they stopped assigning them as homework in grammar school.

Shippy's avatar

@janbb You and me too sister!!

Shippy's avatar

Just made a new one Porky and watch and see how well I keep it

wundayatta's avatar

I have never broken a new years resolution ever!

flutherother's avatar

They usually last until I forget about them. This year I haven’t made any to save myself the trouble.

Shippy's avatar

Mine was to love all mankind, but sadly a few hours later I wanna kick everyone in the knacks.

wundayatta's avatar

Why do you make resolutions you know you can’t keep, @Shippy? That’s just not a serious resolution.

Yeahright's avatar

I have also stopped making a list of new year’s resolution because I’ve never managed to follow through. However, I have plans I will work on little by little. Not sure if that’s too different from an actual resolution but my to do list for next week already has a couple of items that will get me closer to achieving those big plans.

luigigurl's avatar

i don’t make them anymore. You shouldn’t have to have a “new years resolution” to better yourself. You should just make that decision on your own anyway

wundayatta's avatar

I totally agree with you, @luigigurl. That’s why I don’t make them. If I want to improve myself, I do it.

burntbonez's avatar

I don’t really understand this practice. Does it make sense to anyone?

augustlan's avatar

I stop those puppies in their tracks, and just refuse to make them.

Yeahright's avatar

@burntbonez The practice itself makes as much sense as celebrating a New Year. We all know Dec. 31 is exactly as Jan 1 but we fictitiously draw a line there and pretend there is something new about Jan.1. Likewise, we pretend that because we have a new year, we have new energy and extra motivation to start anew and accomplish all those things that we think can make our lives better.

tom_g's avatar

I’m surprisingly enthusiastic about Jan 1 new year and resolutions. Sure, it’s completely arbitrary and means nothing. But it’s a reminder to many of us that we can start again. Really, every day (or hour, minute, or second) provides us this opportunity. But I have found that this arbitrary event is as good a time as any to really look inward and figure out what is important and start again.

Yeahright's avatar

@tom_g I totally agree with you. Your last sentence sums it all up.
Even if we don’t make a list as such, we reflect upon what we did and didn’t do, what needs to be done, and what we wish we could do if we put our mind and effort into it.

wundayatta's avatar

@Shippy Sorry for puncturing your inner tube.

I do have a patch kit if you want me to fix it. ;-)

Shippy's avatar

@wundayatta Aw you forgiven Wundy

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