The New Year is approaching and we have all spent the past couple of months reflecting on the last year. We spend time looking over the ups and downs, successes and failures, joys and sorrows that the year brought us. We also take the time to think about what we want for the New Year.
We look at it as a fresh start… 365 days where we get to start over again. We can set aside the failures of the year before and look ahead to the successes of the future, and we get another chance to do the things we didn’t do last year. Part of this fresh start comes with making New Year’s resolutions. People sit around and announce their resolution for the upcoming year, often times these resolutions involve weight loss, financial status, travel, and work. Time and time again resolutions are made, people get a start for a month or two and then they fall by the wayside.
It seems that as time passes, resolutions become emptier and at times they even seem to be a set up for failure. How many years has your resolution been to lose weight only for you to never quite get around to it? How many times have you made a resolution to save money, only to not quite get there that year? How many times has your resolution been to travel only to find yourself never leaving home?
Why I No Longer Make New Year’s Resolutions…
The emptiness of resolutions is a big reason why I simply don’t make them anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love the New Year. There is magic in the thought of starting fresh time and time again. There is something romantic about the endless opportunities and dreams that are alive on New Year’s Eve. Each person has the chance to change their life and themselves. I get caught up in that magic every year, and every year at midnight I find there are tears in my eyes from the overwhelming feeling of hope that each person has on the eve of a brand new year.
The problem is, that hope never seems to last. People come off the emotional high of the New Year and find themselves discouraged. Why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves at the beginning of each year? Why do we set ourselves up for failure? My answer is, don’t do it. This year, don’t make a resolution. Go into this new year with hope and find a way to keep that hope alive. Let your dreams shine bright and keep that shine throughout the year. Don’t set some impossible goal for yourself, simply open the door to possibility. The new year is full of nothing but possibility and opportunity, all you have to do is reach out and take it.
If you want to lose weight, then don’t talk about it, do it. Take the first step to eat better and get moving. Find something you like to do that gets your body going, and do it. If you want to save money this year, then do it. Setting aside even $40 a month adds up. Set up an automatic deposit into a savings account and go for it. If you want to travel, stop making excuses and go somewhere. The problem with resolutions is that they are all talk. It is easy to say you are going to do all these things. It is a whole other thing to actually do them.
This year grab the opportunity in front of you. Take the steps to change your life, you are the only one that can. Don’t waste another year talking about change, make the change. Keep the hope alive and follow your dreams.
Happy New Year!