According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of Americans achieve the goals set in their New Years resolutions. Every one else fails, bombs, flops, nosedives or otherwise falls short of their own expectations. Forbes presents this as bad news.
The mere fact that 92% of New Years resolutions fail presents the very solution for anyone who desires to make personal changes in the new year. Look at it this way: if you design your resolutions such that failing would result in your betterment, the odds suddenly shift into you favor. This is beauty of math about which mathematicians prattle on endlessly.
Allow us to offer a few personal examples. This year, we resolved to start smoking, exercise less and dramatically increase our sugar intake. As we have mentioned, we have only an 8% chance of meeting these goals. Or, if you prefer, we have a 92% chance of finding ourselves at the end of 2014 having eaten well, exercised constantly and, once again, failed to pick up a cigarette dependency.
We all simply need to skew our goals such that failure is the preferred outcome. We can’t promise 100% success, but 92% is still beyond the wildest dream of the greediest gambler.
This year may your headwind be strong and your obstacles great. We hope that you fail miserably and become a fitter, happier and healthier person as a result.
Happy New Year from all of us at DYC.
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