Human story: Vancouverites Give Insight On Their New Year's Resolutions.
It's that time of the year again, where we tend to re-invent ourselves; go shopping for note pads, journals, books with the intent of breaking a bad habit or meeting our goals set for the year. Without an iota of doubt, new years resolutions are a common practice in different cultures, religions, and countries.
Over the years, I have always had new years resolutions, some I was actually able to keep up with, others I gave up a few months into the year. Last year, my new years resolution, was to grow the blog, increase in my following, consequently increasing the number of readers. Sadly, I didn’t hit the number I had set for myself, which made me think more often than not why I had always given up at some point. Probably, the unrealistic-goal syndrome.
As a matter of fact, an IPSOS survey has shown that eight out of ten Canadians have failed to keep up with their new years resolution. Also, research from University of Scranton shows that only 8% of people keep their new years resolutions, which made me realize I am not the odd-ball after all . So why is it so difficult to keep new year’s resolutions?
Having unrealistic goals could be a factor as to why many people do not achieve their goals?-- the false hope syndrome. These goals become so difficult to achieve when their goals are not in line with their internal views of themselves. Setting unrealistic goals may just make you feel underachieved which could be detrimental to your self value. A few strategies I have decided to implore to achieving my goals include:
Writing down my goals on a planner, most importantly breaking them down into daily-to-do-list. That way I am daily reaching my goals. Lastly, have an accountability partner
So, to quench my curiosity, I travelled to the heart of Vancouver; Downtown and New Westminster to interview Vancouverites. It was definitely an exhilarating, exciting and nerve racking experience all at once, to randomly walk up to strangers and ask questions on their goals, plans and changes they intend to make in year 2019.
Although, Vancouver has been rated one of the most friendliest cities in Canada by Expedia. I was a little hesitant to approach strangers asking about their New Years resolutions. The fear of being rejected is real.
Some were extremely excited about the new year, others not so much, a small fraction didn’t oblige my interview. This was definitely a humbling experience for me as i got to interact with people from ALL walks of life. It definitely gave me the opportunity to see life from a different perspective and be thankful for the little things
I also learnt the importance of emotional awareness. At first , I had approached people who had their guard up, as we got deeper into the conversation, they began to loosen up.
Here are some excerpts from the interview I had with Larissa, George & Dafna and Kelso on their plans for 2019.