Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions: No, Thanks

Christmas 2011 was awesome and the new year is upon us. So what did I resolve to do for 2012? The same thing I've resolved to do every year: not a single thing.

A long time ago, I asked a co-worker what her new year's resolution's were for the new year. She told me she had none. She said if people wish to make changes, they can start them right away rather than wait for a new year. Her advice has stuck with me ever since as I have not made a single new year's resolution since 2002.

There's nothing really wrong with new year's resolutions. It's just that, 9 out of 10 times, they always get broken. I've never kept a single year year's resolution that I've made and I can't even remember what half of what them were. Most of them were probably broken in a week or less anyway.

Just what is it about a new year that makes us so eager to change ourselves or strive towards new goals? Does a new year bring a fresh start? A chance at a new beginning? Even now, I still can't answer those questions.

Why do new year's resolutions get broken so easily? Is keeping them too much work? Often times we strive to achieve too much and end up accomplishing nothing as a result. Set small goals first, get those done, then move on to bigger things.

As for making changes in the new year, you don't have to wait for a new year to roll around to shape your life up. If you want to change, change now. Like Thomas Jefferson said, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."

1 comment:

Sol (Frederick) Badguy said...

I'm not one for new year resolutions either

What's with this tradition?