The Year of the Rooster will begin on January 28, 2017. Roosters are the tenth sign in the zodiac and people born in a rooster year are seen as confident, honest and hardworking. They also enjoy being around people but may be seen as attention seekers.
At 10Eighty we love a celebration and apart from the great food Chinese New Year is a good opportunity to reboot those difficult New Year resolutions.
January is a bad time to try to make or break habits, the weather is so bad it never gets properly light on some days, and it seems like long time to the first Bank Holiday of the year, which makes keeping resolutions is heavy going. The writer broke a resolution before getting out of bed on 1st January one year.
If you are having trouble with your resolutions then you are not alone. Surveys reveal that 32% of respondents say that their resolutions are usually broken by the end of January, while only 10% said they never break one.
Failure is allowed
If you failed with a resolution, just start over. Failure is not fatal, try again, giving up is the only real failure.
People assume that willpower is something you either have or lack, but psychological research suggests that willpower is more complex and can be trained. “Just like a muscle, the amount of willpower you have at any given time rises and falls, and if you exercise it, it gets stronger,” says Roy Baumeister at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Start over with the Chinese New Year. Get a traditional calendar, pin it where you can see it and at the end of each day mark a big black cross over the day if you kept your resolution. After a few days you’ll have a row of crosses and won’t want to spoil the pattern, after a month, give yourself a gold star. After three months of rows of crosses give yourself a reward, just make sure it isn’t one that sabotages your resolution!
Instead of making unrealistic promises to yourself try a new tack. Ask yourself, “What needs to happen this year for this year to be the absolute best year yet?” Focus on growth and think about what’s important to you and how to make this year better than the last.
Our colleague Liz gave up chocolate for Lent a few years ago. When found eating chocolate she simply explained that she meant she had ‘given up buying chocolate’ but gift chocolate was deemed to be acceptable. That’s the right attitude, make sure your resolutions are realistic and achievable.
Spring is in the air so take another run at those resolutions aim for self-improvement but don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t dissolve into negativity when things don’t go to plan, just start over. If you want to give up smoking, or practice the guitar each weekday, it doesn’t really matter what date you start or when you achieve it; take it a day at a time, step by step until you get what you want.
We’ve been considering perfectionism and procrastination recently. You won’t achieve perfection but don’t put off trying again. Stop worrying, stop waiting, and stop doubting. You can do it.
Gong Hey Fat Choy, buy in some Chinese beer, cook a stir fry and share some fortune cookies around, there’s a whole near year ahead.