Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season and time spent with your loved ones.
Inevitably, every new year, you hear those around you discussing their new year’s resolutions. You know, those goals that people set for themselves on New Year’s Eve hoping that with the magic of a whole year yet ahead, they will become a better version of themselves.
Here is the thing: I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, nor will I ever be. I find that people set these goals way too global from the beginning, and doom them to failure. Basically, it comes down to four (4) key points for me on why we need to stay away from New Year’s resolutions, and instead, 365 days a year, do what matters to you and commit to that.
Here are my 4 key points surrounding my argument that new years resolutions do not work:
Think about it. Look at someone that you may know, that did in fact change their life for the better. For example, they lost a large amount of weight, started an exercise program, and stuck to it. Did they do it starting January 1st? I would wager to bet that that person you may be thinking of, did it when they were ready to do it. It had nothing to do with the beginning of the year, and the magical belief associated with that factor. Case in point: I have an uncle, that successfully quit smoking 21 years ago now. He was the heaviest smoker that I have ever seen at one point. 30 year smoking habit, of 3.5 packs a day. Did he quit January 1st? Nope. I don’t even honestly remember what time of the year it was, but I can tell you it was not a New Year’s resolution. It happened at a time when he was ready, made the connection of how bad it was for his health, decided he did not want to continue to poison his body with something that was probably going to kill him, and that was that — quit cold turkey. And to this day, he has not picked a cigarette up.
Armed with the above, it is my hope for everyone reading this that, in the spirit of positivity and joy, you all find your inner happiness and peace. Make the choice to be happy for today (not to say that life doesn’t throw us all curveballs). Strive to do what matters for you, and for how you want to live your life. Stop succumbing to what we are fed in society and the media about what is going to make you happy. Because in the end, life is just too short. I recently heard someone say, ‘You will never get a chance to relive this day. So what are you going to do about it? What choices will you make today that define you?’
And that my friends, is what it is all about, not New Year’s resolutions.
Once again, happy New Year to everyone! (resolution free of course) 😊