44 Days In – According to The Statistical Brain Research Institute (these guys sound reliable, right), each year about 5% of all of us set out to learn something new as the new year begins. Only 9.2% out of all the people who set a goal actually achieve it and it’s the really strong ones who make it about 44% of the way to goal. Well, these guys may be reliable but they’re pretty depressing. I couldn’t find anything about how many people get antsy and want to get things happening while skipping some steps to get there. I am not ashamed to admit that there have been instances in which I turned to the final chapter of the book in order to reassure myself that I have outwitted the author by page 82. Of course that moment of triumph lasts just about a minute and the joy of reading the rest of the book is tarnished. Forty-four days into this I have hit the place where I am frustrated with my turtle-like progress and I want my house, brain and life de-cluttered as of yesterday. I did some reading about de-cluttering in a 30-day challenge. The theory is that if you rid yourself of one item on day one, two items on day two, and so on, by the time you reach day 30–and toss out 30 things that day–you will have rid yourself of 500 items. I have spent the last few days trying to gear myself up for this plan, thinking that it will speed things along. I am pretty sure that me trying relieve myself of extraneous possessions using this methodology would be more terrifying than binge-watching all of the Halloween movies. I would be great on days 1-10 and then get side-tracked, procrastinate and tell myself on day 21 that I’ll just catch up by tossing out 102 items in one day. Enter the Scream Queen.
No. Just no.
This is what I know so far: If I want to be a 9.2%-er then I can’t skip steps. I can’t slack off and not take steps either. And for bonus points, I won’t whine about it but will find the fun in it. This may not be a very flashy philosophy but it will get me there.