Why I refuse to make New Year's resolutions

Welcome to the year 2015. Every new year many people come up with their New Year’s resolution(s) promising themselves that they will do some self improvement and/or something nice for mankind. I despise New Year’s resolutions and I refuse to make any and I hope you will join my no resolution bandwagon.

Do not get me wrong, I think it is wonderful to set up goals for self-improvement only as long as they are realistic and attainable. I also think it is honorable to help our fellow man. But let’s be honest, how many resolutions have you made on January 1st of previous years that you actually kept? How many this year have you already reneged on? I never understood why people are so motivated to make these resolutions at the stroke of midnight on January 1st when there are 364 other days in our year. Are we supposed to just let these days pass without any reflection of how we can help others and how we can make our own lives more fulfilling, balanced, and worthwhile?

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Instead of making resolutions every year that are vague and difficult to keep I challenge you to try to do something unique. Let’s take becoming healthy. This is a great resolution but how are you going to accomplish it? My suggestion is to write down a list of 3 realistic goals every week. These goals should not be huge because then they become overwhelming and difficult to accomplish. Your list may be the same for a while or you may change it up, this is all perfectly fine. You should review these steps at least every week so that you can decide what is best for you.

If you are not able to accomplish a specific task you have to ask yourself why. Maybe this objective was unrealistic, not specific enough, or something you are just not psychologically ready to do yet. Take smoking cigarettes as an example. You may want to quit smoking but have every excuse why you cannot quit at this time. This just shows that wanting to quit and ready to quit are two very different things.

I have spent too many midnights on January 1st making my resolutions only to later fail causing me to feel bad about myself. It wasn’t that I did not want to accomplish these resolutions, I just did not have the right tools to help me succeed. I learned that by continually assessing my goals I was able to accomplish so much more.

Say No to New Year's Resolutions

Say No to New Year’s Resolutions

I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year hoping that 2015 is a year of inner peace, growth, and fulfillment.

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