With the start of a new year, the topic of resolutions and goals pop up all around. You start to see numerous articles about how to keep your New Year’s Resolution, keeping yourself in check of your goals and how you can become a “better you” with the start of the new year. Well, I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, and this will sound harsh, I think they’re a poor excuse as to why you didn’t start working out consistently, reading more or working harder than you did last year.
From my observations, the practice of New Year’s Resolutions is short lived. I can’t think of one person I know who kept up with their resolutions, and it always makes me wonder – why? The first thought that comes to mind, and is an excuse I’ve used time and time again, is “I’m busy”. The time old excuse that in reality only applies to a select group of people who really don’t have the time and need to focus on more important aspects of their lives, is thrown around loosely by many.
So, why now? Why always the start of the new year? For as long as I can remember, the start of the new year always reminds people of what they didn’t accomplish the year that’s ending and makes them think of what they want to accomplish in the year to come. However, should we continue to buy into something that has a low success rate? The logical person in me says no, because there are far better ways to achieve goals.
How can I accomplish my goals?
So far this year, I’m off to a good start with the goals I’ve been planning for awhile. For starters, I’m actually blogging tonight, and I’ve kept up a workout regimen because I found a workout class I like (very rare). What can you do to accomplish your goals? I would say the first thing is to stop thinking of excuses and do it, you’re wasting your time otherwise.
The second thing you can do is to schedule your goals. This would not take very long to do, but if you want to keep up with reaching your goals, set annoying alarms on your phone or calendar to remind you that you need to workout, or study a new language, go through your monthly budget, etc. I’m usually a very organized person, but I started scheduling days I have to workout and days I need to write, and so far it’s going well.
The third and final thing is to stop thinking short term. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your goal of being healthy or doing better at work won’t happen with the snap of your fingers. Write your goals down, remind yourself every day that if you keep at it things will happen over time. But also keep in mind to not become obsessed, and to work in the steps to reach your goals while still living life and having fun. If you obsess over this year, being “your year”, you won’t be able to enjoy it, and it’ll just be another year in the books.
- Stop making excuses
- Schedule time for your goals
- Think long term
If you do these three things, you can stop calling it a “New Year’s Resolution” and instead just say it’s what makes you, you.