A New Year in the Resolution-Free Zone
I stopped making New Year's resolutions a few years ago, simply because of the added stress that those resolutions brought to my life in the few short weeks that I was able to keep them on track.
Initially, I felt lost without having several resolutions to guide me through January of that first year. I felt that everyone else had made their resolutions and that maybe I was wrong not to. But, I proceeded to be the salmon swimming against the current that first year and am so thankful that I stoically bucked the status quo to become one of the few who continue to not make a New Year's resolution each year.
As a side note, let's be honest - no one really gets past January with their resolutions intact (without some modification from their first version of it) ... Okay, maybe a few die-hards do, but I am not speaking to those one-percenters!
I am certain I have lost some of those that are steadfast in resolution-making - who were reading up to this point, but that is okay. Those still reading probably want to know how
to overcome the urge to make a New Year's resolution. Unfortunately, I do not have the
answer, but can only offer a little advice to you on how to proceed into
the new year without being ridiculed for having no resolution and hopefully get you on a path to a New Year's resolution-free lifestyle.
The very first year that I did not make any promises to myself or to my family to lose weight, eat healthier, be nicer to people, stop hiding chocolate in places I would forget to look and stop rambling on about meaningless topics, I was irritated.
More than just irritated, I was angry that I had no resolutions to torture myself with at the beginning of the new year and had nothing to add to the conversation when someone asked me what my New Year's resolution was. I simply stated to them that my New Year's resolution was not to have any New Year's resolutions.
This news came as a shock to most of my friends and family. It was as if I had stated that I had taken up Voodoo or Oprah-ism as my new religion (not that there is anything wrong with those religions - just saying).
Yes, that first year was difficult, I lost friends,acquaintances and strangers alike because of my new found views. But, it made me realize that the New Year is not the only time to set goals or to make resolutions. No, the time to do this is each and every day of the year.
You heard me correctly ... We all need to be disciplined and resolute enough to state and pursue our goals or resolutions 365 days a year! This was the new mindset I learned that very first year.
Some may think I am speaking out of both sides of my mouth at once here, but I assure your that there is a subtle difference between making a New Year's resolution and making a choice to state and pursue your goals each day of the year. That subtle difference is TIME.
Time is all we really have here on Earth and why should we make things harder on ourselves to accomplish something in a given, peer-pressured time-frame at the beginning of any year? It just makes sense to me to work on things in life a little at a
time, step by step and without the added hubbub or stress of it being a New Year's
Simply said, we need to make the most of the time we have each and every day of the year.
So, go forth and set your goals on a daily basis. Work towards those goals each day and you will be amazed at the progress you can make throughout the year.