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The New Year´s Resolutions- Is It Worth It to Make Them or Not?

Updated on January 2, 2019
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It seems like never-ending the story- the New Year´s time is coming, every year, again and again, year by year, still the same. Many people have a feeling that they will be able to change themselves completely, only because the New year is coming. Is it worth it to make New Year´s resolutions or it´s the way how to put ourselves even more down?

I would say, there is nothing wrong on making some resolution, but it should be adequate, so we could manage to keep the decision and not to fail. The thing is that if we make some super decision, we can easily fail after a few months and we could feel despair and sad after that. Many people have this weird habit- they make completely no- sense resolutions as f.e. “I´ll quit smoking, I´ll lose 10kg, and I will only eat healthily and avoid alcohol.“ Okay, it´s doable, but if you are used to smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, not doing any sports at all, and you eat only junk food, it´s pretty clear from the whole beginning that you will fail. Well, maybe you will not, but then you are a tiny percentage of the world, and I adore you. But generally, the only thing which can happen after decisions like this, is that you will fail and you can regret a lot after, feel weak and sad that you were not strong enough. That´s useless. If you want to change your life a lot, you should do it step by step and not only because there is another year so you will change everything completely. That´s silly, try to be smart!

I am 100% sure it´s better to make resolutions (if any) that you can follow, and you can be proud of yourself finally. For example, if you don´t move at all and you wish to lose weight and start doing some sports a bit, it´s much better to say to yourself: “I am going to do some sport at least once per week, and I´ll eat junk food maximum once per week.“ Well, you can fail as well, but as it´s not so strict for you, it´s more probable that if you want it, you will reach it and be proud of yourself.

Another type of resolutions (my favorite) is to think about small decisions about that you could be happy and that is not so serious. Last year, for example, I decided that I´ll learn how to eat spicy food. I was always burning even after the small number of spices, but I am a gourmand, and I was a bit sad that most of Vietnam and Thai cuisine are not possible for me to eat. So I resolved this. I started from the 1st of January with practicing. Sometimes, when I felt for that, I ate something spicy and even that I was burning, I was strong. As the year was going by, I started to see the progress. At the end of the year, I was able to eat spicy Thai food, and I felt the taste, not only my tongue burning. I was so happy about that that I managed to finish my year with a smile and proud of myself. And I think it´s much better to have a smile on your face after reaching a little stupid resolution like this than cry at the end of the year because you wanted to lose 10 kg, but you didn´t lose any weight at all…

Think about that and good luck with your smart and doable decisions! :)

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      Barbora Bilek 

      2 years ago from Czech Republic/New Zealand

      Dear Marie,

      I understand different points of view on this issue, for sure. Anyway, I think that the majority of people tends to make the resolutions only because the New year is coming, so they are used to make some resolutions, like many people around them. So many people want to change "everything" from the 1.1. only because it´s a habit, if they fail they can feel down and useless because they maybe didn´t even mean it seriously.

      Resolutions are not bad for sure, and if someone wants to raise up in his/her life, it´s adorable. Then I am missing the meaning of 1.1. , if anyone wants to do any kind of changes, can start whenever, and that´s better than waiting for another year (it´s only a date, nothing more). I think the date could be different, the main part is in our minds.

      Happy New Year :)

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      Marie Flint 

      2 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      Barbora, yes, failed resolutions can be self-blaming. I don't engage in this type of roller-coaster psychology.

      The nice thing about the New Year phenomenon is opportunity for self-examination. That's a healthy thing, as long as it's not done with guilt or self-condemnation.

      Having been raised Catholic, I see the resolution process a bit like the season of Lent, wherein devoted laity decide to give up a habit to honor the 40 days and nights of Jesus' trials in the desert.

      A good deal of people in the American society over indulge, so it's a challenge to let something go, and whether they succeed or not depends solely on the intent and motivation of each individual.

      What helps in success is support--from family, friends, a support group of people with the same goal. It helps too to daily review the goal(s) and the reason you chose those in the first place.

      Happy New Year!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I am not sure that I ever carried a resolution through the whole 12 months so I gave up making them long ago.

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