I love making New Year’s resolutions, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to have any impact on my ability to keep them. I can’t even remember what my resolutions from last year were. Not that that’s surprising, only a pitiful 12% of people keep their resolutions and that includes me. It turns out human willpower just isn’t that strong. Don’t take my word for it, scientists and the WSJ have spent some serious effort figuring this out.
Of course anything that hints at limitations reeks of a challenge to me; I’m a sucker for the impossible. Still, having decided to take the bait, I still need to come up with a good resolution. Last year’s Ironman took care of three of the most common resolutions: I quit smoking, started eating healthy and lost a bunch of weight. So what’s next? I spent the better part of the last week trying to come up with a goal, but as is so often the case, other people see our flaws more clearly, and someone close to me was kind enough to help me find one of mine.
Despite having given up a career that focuses on financial gain, writing a blog about alternative living and generally railing against the trappings of materialism, I’m a shopaholic. It seems I’m simply rotten to the core in that area. Sure, having almost no money makes indulging hard, but give me a few dollars and it’s off to the thrift store. Give me more money and it simply pours through me like a cup full of holes. Well it’s time to do something about that. My resolution for 2012 is this: to stop shopping.
Just to lay out some ground rules, I will still be allowed to buy essentials, which after some debate have been decided to include food, travel, lodging and medicine. That’s it: no more discount sweaters, no more collectible shot glasses, no more I could really use another pair of socks, no nothing.
How about you? Anyone else going to make a resolution with me? If so I hope you’ll share it in the comments below. Turnout making your resolution public is one of the better ways to help make it. I, for one, know I’m going to need all the help I can get keeping mine…