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  • 1.  New Year's

    Posted 12-29-2022 09:29
    I think looking back at your accomplishments over the past year is a nice way to plan what your new accomplishment goals will be in the coming year. I say goals because resolutions are too easy to break, but a short- or long-term goal has a greater commitment.
    We seem to go further when we look through the front windshield of life and not in the rear-view mirror.
    May everyone have a safe, happy and healthy New Year in 2023.

    "Have a Great Day or Create One"

    Rev. Jim Klynman

  • 2.  RE: New Year's

    Posted 01-13-2023 17:20
    @James Klynman, yes! I love the idea of looking forward/starting the new with a clean slate.

    One exception is that I love "year in review" lists. The one I particularly enjoy is my Spotify report-- it's a hilarious mix of songs my kids listen to (this year, the Sing 2 soundtrack dominated!) and lots of singer/songwriter ​music that I prefer. @Quinn Drew, I know you get a Spotify year in review, too!

    In addition to music, here are some interesting Year in Review lists you may find interesting, too:

    Best books of the year (time to load up that Kindle!)
    National Geographic lists, including pictures of the year, most amazing discoveries, and wildlife pictures 
    even the best meals of 2022 by Conde Nast (many. tiny. entrees)

    Are you a sucker for year in review/best of lists, too? What are your favorites? ( @Beth Power, I'm sure you have some good ones here!)



  • 3.  RE: New Year's

    Posted 02-02-2023 08:10
    I thought of this thread this morning as I was reading one of my daily newsletters (the Six Minute Mile). I've always heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but apparently that's been debunked! These days, researchers are saying that on average (yes - average) it takes abut 66 days to form a new habit - or, a little over two months. I mentioned the average, because they also found it could take up to 285 days for a habit to really sink in. The broad range, they say, is largely due to the new habit itself (drinking an extra glass of water per day might be easier than starting 50 pushups a day, for instance.) 

    A couple of other things they found
    • Missing a single day did not reduce the chance of forming a habit.
    • A sub-group took much longer than the others to form their habits, perhaps suggesting some people are 'habit-resistant'.
    • Other types of habits may well take much longer.
    I think there may be other factors, too - like, how motivated you are to change or form a habit, and why you're doing what you're doing. For instance, it's always easier for me to get back in a running habit if I'm training for a race or easier for me to pick up journaling when I've got a lot going on that I want to reflect on. 

    Either way, it was really nice to "hear" (read) this last bit of the blog post: "If this month didn't go as planned for you, fine. Forget those three-week deadlines. Your 66 days (or 254, or whatever it takes) starts now."

    How's everyone else feeling about goals they set, or habits you're trying out? ​

    Stay awesome,