New Year’s Resolutions: To Do, or Not to Do?

There’s something about the 1st January that says, ‘Fresh start; New leaf; Clear beginnings’. Everyone at some point has wanted a fresh start, whether it be a new job, a new place to live or to meet new people. It gives an allowance to do things differently, move on from the past, and have a clearer view. It also allows space for one to progress. For instance, remaining content with ones circumstances could be a risk of remaining idol. This is unless, of course, the decision to step forward is made. This is where a resolution comes into play.

 Though, in order to move forward there must be a focus, or a stimulus; without this it is impossible to acquire direction. Even when this is achieved the next stage would be to ‘just start’ making a change, which we all know is not always something that comes with ease.  Alas, 1st January becomes a focused date for so many of us to make that change, and hence a New Year’s Resolution is made.

However, it is also a well-known fact that most people fall at the first hurdle: lack of discipline, will power, desire, and planning. So why continue to try and try again? What is so special about waiting until the new year’s first day to start afresh anyway? It’s essentially no different from any other day, and if change was so desired it would be easy to set a date, prepare and just do it.  On the other hand taking advantage of the array of feelings you sometimes get towards the end of the year: motivation, determination and optimism, are never going to work against you either, so it’s best to take advantage of them while you can!  Why should you give up trying for something you believe in? After all, one will never know how the overcoming of limitations is done, if the desire for success is over powered by fear of failure.

1st January is a long wait for someone who missed the resolution-making season, or could be insignificant to someone motivated enough to decide on their own date, plan, and just go for it. It’s all about you being ready for change.

Remember, though: failing to plan is planning to fail.

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