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Sticking to resolutions is a marathon, not a sprint

I blinked, and now it’s February. So much for those New Year’s resolutions.

Stereotypically, New Year’s resolutions are made at the beginning of the year, and fail within months (or less). Eighty-eight percent of them, in fact.

Why is this? According to some, the problem with traditional New Year’s resolutions are the fact that they are so rarely flexible — they are “all or nothing.” Once a resolution is broken, it is tempting to just give up until next year rolls around and the vicious cycle starts again.

And yet, we all still make them.

Some resolutions fail because they are poorly thought out. At the end of the day, I think that resolutions need to allow for more of a marathon approach.

For example, take the resolutions made by one of my fellow bloggers. They were specific, measurable, achievable, and time-bound . . . all the hallmarks of good goals. And, of particular importance, his goals can be achieved over an extended period of time and include enough flexibility to account for the inevitable highs and lows of life as an attorney.

So, I still plan to keep most of my New Year’s resolutions. January was a crazy month. I made great progress towards some of my goals; none towards others. In fact, most of my New Year’s resolutions depended on the fact that there would be a different “balance” of goals that I would focus on in each month. Especially those goals involving budgeting my time and making a conscious effort to take time to hang out with my kids.

But I need to revisit other goals. Not to give up on them, but to adjust them to allow for those busy and less-busy months.