Resolved: Stop Blaming the Pancake | 43 Folders

Great post as always by Merlin Mann on making resolutions and why most people fail to keep them.

I’ll go further and say that the repeated compulsion to resolve and resolve and resolve is actually a terrific marker that you’re not really ready to change anything in a grownup and sustainable way. You probably just want another magic wand.

Otherwise you’d already be doing the things you’ve resolved to do. You’d already be living those changes. And, you’d already be seeing actual improvements rather than repeatedly making lists of all the ways you hope your annual hajj to the self-improvement genie will fix you.

The problem as Merlin notes is that we focus on the less important aspect of commitments: We love listing and making them, but we forget to actually keep them, which is really the important thing here. And we’re intolerant with our first failures and get easily discouraged by them.

Go read the whole post. It’s required reading for those who went all guns blazing with their resolutions but are already overwhelmed.