Well, welcome to 2017. Another year has gone and it’s another year we have survived natural selection. So fist pumps all round to that. It’s recently been that time where people have been setting themselves resolutions and the phrase “new year new me” has been heard all over. With people vowing to work harder, be kinder, be happier, start a gym membership and so on and so on. We’ll see come march. Which leads me nicely into the point of this post. New years resolutions are rarely stuck to, so don’t be down if you are guilty of this. It seems that more often than not, the problem is in the sustainability of these resolutions, the ability for us to adapt them into our daily life and keeping the motivation going.
Put simply, a new years resolution is a way of identifying targets for what you want to achieve over the coming 12 months in order to make you a better you. The targets can be anything from changing your daily diet to learning a language to simply smiling more. The biggest problem is that these resolutions are usually set over the new years holiday period, where the majority of people are in full holiday mode and for the best part, our biggest stresses are worrying where the next mince pie will be coming from. So making a verbal commitment to going to the gym 5 times a week or only eating raw vegan food feels as though it is completely doable. Only when the daily grind returns we realise that these resolutions have been massively optimistic and slowly slip back into old habits. Does this mean you don’t care? no.
I am often over optimistic and do not stick to the resolutions I have set, I still care about my health, I still care about my happiness, I still want to work harder, I still care about the environment, it is just harder to do than it is to say. It does, however, seem as though it has become too easy to just give up and wait until the following year to reassess your resolutions and give them another go. With the cycle repeating itself. Life changes all the time, every second of every day. Which brings me back to the phrase “new year new me”. Why not change it to “new day new me” or “new week new me”. That way if something seems over optimistic or not to be going your way, you simply wait till the end of the day or week to reassess. Instead of waiting till the end of the year. Or, even better, don’t try and create a new you at all. Don’t let the 1st January dictate who you’ll be for the next 12 months. Being you is what got you to where you are today, surrounded by the friends that you have chosen and the family you have been gifted. Unless you throw rubbish out of a car window, then maybe you should create a “new me”.
I’m not saying don’t change at all, change is vital to human growth and evolution. Nor am I saying you should stay within your comfort zones and just cruise it. Just take opportunities as they come, push yourself as often as you can and spend as much time as you can doing what you love with who you love. Have an epic 2017!
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves put up.” – Ronald Reagan