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The Problem With New Year's Resolutions

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First of all, can I just say how much I'm looking forward to New Year's Eve? I don't know if anyone else loves this night as much as I do. I love the start of a new year and how new and fresh it feels. It makes me reflect on the last year of my life and think really hard about what I'd like to expect from my life in the next year to come.

Making New Year's resolutions has always been popular with practically everyone in the country. It's the talk of every conversation at parties and gatherings in December, it seems. 

I used to make resolutions like everyone else - lose weight, change your lifestyle, wear different clothes, make more friends, and what have you.

I don't really like that anymore, and it's for a few reasons.

For one thing, I remember reading an article a year or two ago about resolutions that people make, and according to that article (I can't find it anywhere now, unfortunately), people who share their resolutions are drastically less likely to actually achieve those resolutions. It makes sense, because when you share goals with other people, it kind of amplifies everything you do from there on out and if/when you don't achieve that goal, everyone's going to notice and they're going to talk. When others are aware of your "failed" goals, it makes them much worse. And let's be honest, how many of us actually stick to our NYE resolutions?

Another thing I have a problem with is the types of the resolutions that people have. They're usually the same, either losing weight or something else that's a little superficial. I mean, there's nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape and get healthy - I actually think that's a great goal (something I'm personally working towards right now!)

However, I wish people would have more depth with their resolutions and keep them personal. For instance, making a resolution to stop being so hard on yourself or to start loving yourself as you are a little more. I think those are the best things to try to work on, especially in the wake of a new year.

I hope that everyone reading this considers keeping their resolutions to themselves and making them more personal. Think about how this last year was for you and think about how you'd like to change your perspective or mindset a little. Put loving yourself first, and then everything else will fall into place.


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