I am a firm believer in the idea that New Year’s resolutions are empty promises that people make to themselves.
We create a list of all this goals we want to check off throughout the New Year – most of the time with our inner (realistic) voice telling us that we will make it a good month or so before we fall short. Once we do fall short, any of those goals are pushed off until the next time we make a list of resolutions.
I’m all for goals and pushing yourself, but I think New Year’s resolutions push us into thinking a new year is the only time we can enforce change, the only time that we can want more for ourselves.
This year, instead of making a list, I am thinking about what I want 2017 to look like. What kind of person do I want to be, where do I want to go, what do I want to do? No goals, no unrealistic expectations…just a thought process on what I want to get out of the year.
You see, the process of adjusting your goals and your hopes for the year allows you to grow and learn throughout the year. There is no check list, there is no “I’ll try this again next year”…instead there is an understanding that the year is going to have ups, downs, curveballs, breakthroughs, and a beautiful story by the time it is over.
So this year I am boycotting New Year’s resolutions, instead I’ll be envisioning what I want my journey to look like, while accepting the fact that the storyline may change a little bit along the way.
Why wait for January 1st when you have 364 other opportunities to better yourself, your life, and your story?