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New Year Resolutions

One big differentiator between extroverts and introverts according to Big Five Personality Traits is ability to take risks.

Now, I usually rank an extrovert on personality scales but the biggest risk taking behaviour I have shown taking in these past few weeks is being part of starting this website and focusing on my YouTube channel’s regular upload  (and even these are well calculated, well researched and well-planned risks). But that could be just because of quarantine. Not sure if I should try to increase risk-taking behaviour. Sounds dangerous to be doing anything without proper amounts of research and calculations.

I’m the type of person who declines becoming leader when asked, because I am completely uninterested in the amount of accountability that I perceive a leader should have, and then get irritated when people who took on the role don’t live up to the standards that I would expect out of anyone who is a leader. I am going to take more initiative in that area.  (I hate incompetent leaders.)

Traits that matter most to business success at buyout companies are:

  1. Persistence  (definitely have)
  2. Attention to detail  (subjectively have)
  3. Efficiency  (definitely don’t have)
  4. Analytical skills  (questionable)
  5. Setting high standards  (subjective again)

For benefit of the reader, these are traits that matter the least:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Flexibility
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Strong oral communication
  5. Listening skills

 (Reference: Organisational Behaviour Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge, ed.14; Pearson publication)

I think I will try to inculcate the most marketable skills up there.

There is also the factor that I am becoming more negative as I grow older. Definitely not something I want to become.

Most of you might have read the article till now, and thought that these are going to be my New Year’s resolutions. They are not. These are the changes I want for myself and I wait till the start of a new year to do. That is not just a waste of time, it is also a waste of resources.

From here onwards, this article might start sounding like a cringe motivational board.

That’s because this article is a cringe motivational board. One of millions like it.

I never understood the concept of New Year’s resolutions. You change your regular habits or anything else you wish to achieve, hit a slight minor bump on the road and drop it like hot coal.

According to a Forbes article, only 25% people keep their resolutions after 30 days and only 8% accomplish them.

What most people do, as far as I have seen, is something along the line of the example I’m giving below.

Day 1: Ah! Today is the first day of my New Year resolution to run at least a kilometer every day.

Day 2-3  (After the cramps hit because of sudden stretching muscles are getting): Aah! My legs hurt so badly! I think I’m going to stop running cause my resolution broke.

This happens year after year and is quite the annoying thing to watch.

If you want to be healthier, exercise today. Why do you have to wait for a year to start?

The biggest problem is that people want to run before they walk  (literally).

Honey, we both know that the longest walks you take regularly are from one end of the mall to another when escalators are not working and lifts are too full. Even then, most decide to wait for stuff to work instead of taking the stairs. You are going to run a kilometer every day when I can do proper push-ups the way you are going at it.  (In our collective ‘healthy me’ dreams.)

You eat junk food thrice a week; you’ll have junk food withdrawal if you drop all of it and start eating only salads. It is not happening.

Take it from yours truly, a psychology student. Use the following steps to bring any change you want in life, be it eating healthier, learning a new language, being more positive. Anything at all.

  1. Start slow. Very slow.
  2. Speed up as you go. Maintain slow speed if that is more comfortable and you are not in a time crunch.
  3. Take notes of your daily progress towards your goals.
  4. Regularly read your notes. It’ll not only give you a good idea about how much you have achieved so far, but also supply you with enough endorphins to keep going when you are about to quit.
  5. This is my last piece of advice, and the most important is to believe that you can do it. Rest of the world doubts you enough that you don’t have to do it too.

I’ll end this one with a quote from the book “You Can Win.” by Shiv Khera. (Not sure if it is his original).

“Opportunity knocks. Temptation kicks the door in.”

Don’t give in to your temptation of quitting and falling back into the comfort zone. It’ll keep getting smaller the more you stay in till it strangles you to your ultimate demise.


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Mili is pen name of Ankita Maurya. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics and is currently pursuing her master’s. She is one of those obnoxious people who prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it.

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