We’ve heard them all, especially the big ones: ‘I’m going to quit smoking’, ‘I’m going to lose weight‘, or my personal favourite: ‘I’m going to call that someone I haven’t spoken to in (blank) years‘. But I can honestly say that I’ve never said any of the above before, nor made any other personal vows to myself or to my family during the holidays. And here’s why...
I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions
In my life, timing has been everything. The bible, and later, of course, the Byrds, had it right with ‘to everything there is a time…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh…’, and I think it’s foolish to either put pressure on ourselves to push a personal goal ahead for the New Year, or the latter, leave it to sit until next year.
If it’s time to make a change in your life, no matter how big or small, it should be done in due course, and when it’s right to do it. We should be making decisions and goals all year round, not just pushing them off so we can make it a New Year’s Resolution.
Righting the wrongs, straightening the disorganized, making afresh something that has been stagnant for too long…these should be things that are done when they need to be done.
Change should be done all year round
When I want to change something in my life, I think it over until it feels right, or move on, but I don’t put things off until New Year’s Eve, I do them when the time is right.
How many New Year’s Resolutions actually stick?
There are many people who have vowed they would do things in the New Year to no avail. Why? Because they weren’t ready, didn’t think their goals through, or they made an unattainable goal just for the sake of making a resolution.
Be realistic, make sure you have what you need to reach that goal, and furthermore, hold yourself accountable. You’ll feel so much better when you make it there, and you’ll have better confidence to achieve more in the long run. Make changes in your life for the better all year round. In my opinion, that is the key to a happy, healthy life.
Happy New Year!