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New Year’s Resolutions: An Arbitrary Time for Change

I personally am not a fan of new Years Resolutions. I like making an effort to better myself in the new year, but the whole making lofty goals and having a deadline for making said goals just bothers me. Maybe it is because I’m still under the delusion that I’m a non-conformist, but I just don’t get the draw.

I agree that the start of a new year is a great time to put things in perspective and to be all introspective. Maybe I’m just a chronic over thinker or just too cynical, but why do we wait until the beginning of the year to implement things to better ourselves?

I am all about having goals to improve ourselves and our lives. I think these are things we need to work on and build on through out the year. For me putting the pressure of having a start date and the stigma of it being a promise makes me more apt to fail.

I want to lose weight, but that is something that I work on at my own pace. I try some things that work, and I keep with them. I find other things that do not, and I put those aside. It is something I am doing for myself, and while the failures are discouraging, it isn’t enough to make me up and quit.

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One thing that bugs me about resolutions is that instead of doing something to better yourself now, we allow ourselves to hold on to bad habits until January 1st. I get that we may put the diet on hold and indulge a little during the holidays. However, sometimes I see people who just use that January 1st start date as an excuse to keep going with their eating habits a little longer.

If you start your diet before the holidays, and then indulge a little, yes you will put on a few pounds, but once you return to your healthy eating habits and regular exercise routine, those will easily come off.

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Another thing that worries me about resolutions is the lack of planning. I had a good friend of mine tell me he was going to quit smoking and cut back to eight cigarettes on New Years Day. I sat next to him New Years Eve and he probably smoked eight cigarettes in five hours. 

If you are going to make a big change in your life, it is not always wise (or in some cases healthy), to just jump into a drastic change. I guess I don’t see how some resolutions are even possible without some planning.

If you have a resolution (or resolutions), I wish you the best of luck. I hope you made them realistic, and have plans to reach your goals. If you do not, I hope this new year brings you new and hopefully successful ways to work on improving you through out the year…and on your own timeline.

 

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