New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution

Do you make resolutions? Every 365 days, we are told that we have a chance to start fresh. Want to lose weight? Want to balance your finances? End world hunger? Scale Mt. Everest? It’s all possible with the start of the New Year. Some resolutions are more popular than others, as this list shows.

We are almost at the end of January and in all likelihood have already broken our resolutions. Fuck the gym! Bring on the Twinkies, Ho Ho’s and Ding Dongs. Screw Mt. Everest! Scaling your own steps is hard enough. Ironically, forgetting your resolutions may be the perfect way to honor them.

“Think of your brain’s store of self-control as a muscle: after you use it, it becomes tired and more difficult to use. Importantly, after using self-control to resist one temptation, your brain has less energy to resist the next one…As humans, we spend a lot of time negotiating with ourselves and trading off costs and benefits that eventually lead to our decisions. Deciding to refrain from such negotiations can help you…decide not to decide.”

We Stalecake-ians are kind of anti-resolution and therefore never break them. You may say nothing ventured nothing gained. We say realism is happy-ism. Don’t get it twisted, we do have goals, (each of us are currently working on book projects.) You know how we tackle those goals? One day at a time. No sweeping proclamations of the unattainable, just good ole’ fashion stick-to-it-ness.

We also love planners! We have yet to finish a year with these planners, but we are addicted to the feelings of optimism and productiveness that we have every time we start one. Asha even has two planners for 2014, or rather she had two since she promptly lost one last week.

If you do make a resolution and fail to keep it, don’t feel bad, you are in good company. No need to beat yourself up, unless fight club attendance is one of your resolutions.