As the new year celebration came and passed, the yearly traditions of new year resolutions also surfaced. I don’t want to be a “buzz kill” about the excitement of 2013; I do however have a serious problem with the concept of new years resolutions.
I’ve noticed that people love to promise themselves some ridiculous and unattainable amount of success as a resolution. I have heard students swear to cut out all junk food and save huge amounts of money for college. When I ask them how they plan to do it, they’re dumbfounded.
“I’m just…going to.”
The typical pattern for the New Year’s resolutions starts with excitement; yet, as time goes by and results aren’t prevalent, the inspiration for change wanes to a standstill.
People can avoid this sharp cut off of inspiration by taking their resolution step by step.
Slow and steady wins the race. Meeting goals doesn’t come quickly, especially of they are hefty like cutting out every beverage except water.
More or less, one can not approach the goal as an “all or nothing” resolution. Aim high, but we have to occasionally accept that there are some targets that aren’t reachable, need modification, or will take more time. There’s nothing sillier than wanting to lose 20 pounds and giving up by mid-February because we haven’t seen enough change. Change takes time, perseverance and commitment.
Another reason I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions is because choosing a single day to start a major life change isn’t logical.
Why do we feel the need to create some sort of a “big bang” at the beginning of the year? The key concept that we forget is that it took us many years to get to the point we’re presently at. One day or a beginning of a year won’t change years of neglect.
You can drastically improve your situation by making a conscious decision to change. We can’t expect to solve all problems on the first of the year or the first month of the year or the first three months of the year.
Here’s the most important thing about making a change — either we are ready to do it right now, or we aren’t. January 1st isn’t going to roll around and make it any easier to start going for a daily run.
We can’t refrain setting goals for ourselves; I mean, how else would we achieve self improvement? Its simply that we shouldn’t wait for the new year to make these changes. Change should come at any time and we should give ourselves an adequate amount of time to achieve our goals.