This time of year gets me thinking about ways I can improve my health, work habits and interactions with others. We all want to be the best version of ourselves, and the turning of the calendar to a New Year, with its thrumming refrain of “out with the old, in with the new” seems like a good time to set some goals. According to Forbes, more than 40 percent of Americans– roughly 130 million people–set New Year’s resolutions.
For many, after a month of gorging on eggnog, latkes and other holiday treats, getting back to the gym and improving our eating is high on the list. Others pledge to spend more time outdoors, take a cooking class or do a better job recycling.
According to the research institute Statistic Brain, the fifth most popular New Year’s goal for 2017, accounting for 6.3 percent of resolutions set by Americans last year, was to “do more exciting things.” Nearly 19 million Google searches in 2017 sought “live life to the fullest” – up more than 13 percent from the previous year.
While these ambitions are set with the best intentions, most of us – myself included – fall short. The other day an alert popped up on my feed with the dispiriting news that only 8 percent of people accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. It’s comforting to hear that I’m not alone, but depressing to see this staggering statistic.
Can you guess the number one thing keeping the 92 percent from reaching their ambitions in the new year?
It’s human nature; we are far more likely to follow through on daily tasks if someone is helping us along, checking on our progress
In other words, the best way to meet our goals is to not go it alone.
And when it comes to that popular resolution – getting out and enjoying new experiences – the most common saboteur to success is not having someone to come along. I don’t have enough fingers to count the times I let the fear of going solo stop me from trying something new – or even partaking in something I love.
Many of us opt out of out of social experiences and activities for fear of being judged, for fear of being that awkward odd one out. In some cases, society with its “table for two” and “plus one” mentality is rigged against those going solo.
Mixolo is out to change that paradigm by offering unique experiences and the means to opt-in.
An in-person social network, Mixolo embraces the notion that going solo does not mean being alone.
Members have access to a wide range of events designed for like-minded people. Mixolo members can choose from laid-back gatherings, unique culinary and cultural events, sports, theatre and dramatic arts, distinctive travel experiences, immersive skills workshops and boot camps – hosted by folks who are committed to accommodating those who would like to connect.
The Mixolo approach to “Finding Your Tribe” ensures that members can get to know new people, and opt to stay in touch with their new-found friends. Planned by professionals, Mixolo events, activities and other experiences create an all-inclusive and safe atmosphere for solos, irrespective of age, race, religion or gender identity.
If you are one of the more than 6 million Americans who pledged to get out and do more exciting things in 2018, Mixolo is here to help.
Do that thing you want to do. There’s no basis for claiming you can’t find a plus-one. Our events and activities will spark your sense of adventure and help you find your plus-some.
In the year spread out before you, with all its opportunity for self-improvement and promise of new experiences, don’t let anything hold you back. Your friends at Mixolo will help keep you accountable!