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Voice Coaches Radio #463 – Avoid Quitter’s Day

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Keller. Delighted to have you joining me as I am each and every week here on the program. What do we got? It is uh, Friday. It is January the 22nd. And that means we are past the halfway point of the first month of the year.

And I kind of wanted to just check in with everybody. See how everybody is doing. I know, uh, I guess a few weeks ago now we had a, um, I didn't yell at you guys per se, but I was a bit more aggressive than maybe I needed to be. Uh, about, uh, about those New Year's resolutions and about making sure that next year we have different resolutions, right?

That next year we're not, you know, sitting in the same spot that we are today because we want to be moving forward. We want to make sure that we are, you know, uh, not stuck in this cycle that so many of us are. Where we find things we want to do and New Year's comes and we say we're going to do them and then we stop.

Start to do them and then we don't do them. And, and this I am just as guilty as the next, maybe more so. Maybe more so. But you know, the, the other reason why I wanted to check in today beside the fact that we're, you know, starting to get towards the latter part of January, is that we passed a, a, a particularly, uh, striking milestone.

So I, I was doing a little reading. And, uh, and I ran across this, this pretty interesting, uh, article that talks, uh, about some research that was done by Strava. Now, those of you who don't know, Strava is, uh, is an app. It's a, uh, it's a company. They, uh, they, they track a ton of data for, a lot of it's for, for exercising, for running.

Uh, I used to use them when I was training for the marathon. I used Strava just to, you know, track distance and times and speeds and. You know, all things like that. So it's a really good app. I've used it in the past before. And so what they did was they used their user logged activities from 2019. So a couple of years ago.

And they had over 800 million user logged activities in 2019. And what it did was it kind of predicted the day that most people are likely to give up on their resolutions, because I'm sure they saw an absolute glut of people. You know, doing more exercising, doing more running in the first weeks of January, as we all do, and then things take a turn, right?

Things take a turn, and when they take a turn, statistically speaking, according to this, uh, this particular research, January the 19th, January the 19th, Strava calls it, and I quote, Quitter's Day. A bit harsh, I won't lie to you, it's a bit harsh, but all the same. That is the day, statistically speaking, uh, that, uh, about 80% of people who make New Year's resolutions, yeah, are probably gonna drop out.

Actually, that's not true, a little bit less than that, but that's the day most people do start to drop out. About 80% of people who make New Year's resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February. Think about that. 80% by the second week of February. Man, our, our follow through is not great. Our follow through is not great, huh?

But January 19th, that's the day most people are likely to give up on their resolutions. And as I said, today is what? It is January the 22nd. That's when we're recording this. That's when this is being dropped. So, how we doing? How we doing, guys? Are you one of those people that have already, uh, already given up on your New Year's resolutions?

Jeez, I hope not. Jeez, I hope not. So let's take stock. Let's just kinda, kinda think and, you know, what we've done so far, right? It's still early. We still got the whole year ahead of us. We still have the whole year Ahead of us, but a lot of us have already started to falter have already started to fade and and I'm and I'm one of them, so I'll let you in on my my resolutions this year.

First one was to, uh, you know, consistently work out and did that been doing that five times a week. Uh, and, uh, that's been pretty good. I'm pretty happy with that. So, go me. The other one is to, uh, to, you know, watch what I eat. I like to, uh, to track what I eat and want to be more consistent in that. And so far, pretty happy with how that's going too.

Both of those, I'm gonna give myself a little, little pats on the back. Little, little pats on the back. Little, little attaboys. Uh, cause I have done both of those things. Then we get into the resolutions regarding voiceover. And that's why we're all here, right? That's why we're all here. So, those have gone, they've been a little hit and miss.

So one of them was to, was to do more recording. Specifically, more audiobook recording. And I actually am currently, uh, starting a new audiobook project. Uh, this is actually one that I'm doing for a, uh, a family member of mine. Uh, my stepmom is, is, I don't think she listens to the program, so I'm not worried about giving up the, the secret.

But, so she is, uh, she is turning 70, uh, in May, and her father, who I actually never had a chance to meet, but her father was a, uh, a World War II B 17 bomber pilot, and, uh, his plane, uh, went down, uh, over Europe, and he was captured by the Germans and put in a POW camp, and he wrote a book about it. Uh, self published book, uh, called Fated to Survive, and I am, I've stolen a copy of it, and I am, uh, I'm recording that for a, uh, a birthday present for her, for her 70th birthday.

I'm doing an audiobook version of that. Obviously, that is not, uh, uh, to get paid, but I just think, A, I think it'll be a lot of fun, B, I think it'll be great experience, and C, I think it's a pretty thoughtful gift. I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty... Pretty impressed with myself when I thought of it. So, I actually have been doing that, so that's great.

Then it comes to the, uh, marketing side of things, right? Oh, I'm gonna market myself better. I'm gonna get out there more. I'm gonna be more aggressive. Yeah, that has not happened quite to the degree that I might like it. Uh, and I'd like to say that, uh, I made it to January 19th. I don't even think I made it that far.

I'm not sure I ever actually... it. Um, just kind of, uh, kept going. I mean, let's be honest. January 1st, it's, you know, look, it's, it's New Year's. I get it, but it's a fairly arbitrary day. It's just sometimes in the middle of the week. Sometimes it's on a weekend, but there's, there's nothing significant about it other than it's.

You know, we're told that it's significant. And I, and I, you know, we have all this pressure on us to do that. So, you know, I want to take the pressure off a little bit. Um, but I, I do want all of us to, again, just kind of take stock in where we are at this point. Right, because when I looked at the things that I wanted to do and the things that I've done, I've been happy about certain things and disappointed in other things.

But that's okay. Time to take stock. Time to start over. And time to get back to it. Right, we still got plenty of the year to go. Right? We're barely halfway through the first month, right? Barely halfway through the first month of the year. We still have plenty of time to achieve the things that we want to achieve in our careers and in our personal lives as well.

So January 19th is Quitters Day. Hopefully you haven't. Hopefully you haven't. But remember. By the second week of February. We're gonna touch base in the second week of February also, because we're gonna do a little, a little soul search, and then too, 80% of people's, uh, uh, New Year's resolutions have dropped by the second week of February, which is super depressing.

Um, so we're gonna check in again there. So hopefully all of you have been following through on your resolutions, at least as far as they, uh, well, I mean, For voiceover and just in general. Hopefully you have. I mean it's, you know, hopefully you're able to do those things that you set out to do. That's great.

Um, but you know what? We're here to help. We're here to help. So if you need a little push, if you need a little guidance, if you need a little, uh, little motivation, that's what we're here for. That's what we're here for. Call us. Email us. Let us know. Let us know. We can talk about it here on the podcast.

Again, Voice Coaches Radio isn't just mine, it's yours. We can talk about it here on the podcast. We can talk about it privately. But that's what we're here to do, so don't let that slip away. January 19th has come and gone. Quitters Day has come and gone, and we are not quitters here. Folks, we are not quitters here.

We are going to... Stick with it. All right, I'm going to make more of a concerted effort, uh, to, uh, continue doing the things that, that I have been doing that I'm happy with and to pick up on the things that I haven't. And that second week of February, we're going to touch base again. We're going to talk about this again.

All right. And hopefully at that point we will still be going strong, maybe even stronger. All right. So again, do a little soul searching here as we have past quitters day and we are not quitters. All right. So hang in there. But again. Let us know if there's anything that we can do to help, any topic that we can discuss that might aid you in your endeavors, right, or any advice that you need.

That's why we're here. Alright, so, hopefully, Quitter's Day has come and gone, and uh, and with it, we kiss it goodbye as we're continuing to take these New Year's resolutions and help them shape a successful... Hopefully all of you are doing well, staying healthy out there. Look forward to talking to you all next week and until next time.

So long everyone. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

According to research, January 19 is the day that most people are likely to quit their New Year’s resolutions. It has even been dubbed “Quitter’s Day.” Today we check in on our resolutions as voice actors to help make sure we don’t fall victim to this ignominious event.