Why do we wait until the calendar says January 1 to make big changes in our lives?
Each new day marks another chance to be better. What do you think is triggered within ourselves on this particular day even though realistically speaking it is no different than any other day on the calendar?
Because it's human nature to treasure symbolism. A "New Year" represents a "New Start.". Personally, I look at each day as a "New Start.". Why wait an entire year to be a better you?
People don't actually want to change if they wait for the new year, most of the time anyway. People who want change take control of their lives, seize the moment, and do what needs to be done.
Naturally though many procrastinate and need a symbol to actually do things.
It's all psychological.
Nevertheless people see it as having a clean slate. Without a doubt having big New Year's Eve celebrations also encourages the notion of endings and "new beginnings".
They're also numerous media outlets with year end reviews.
In all honesty we're capable of making a decision (today) to change our lives. Having said that when it comes to "giving up" something we enjoy it's human nature to "milk it" for as long as possible. Most people change because they (have to) not because they (want to). Change involves "work and sacrifice".
On a side note I've even heard of people "playing the field" with the belief that they could do so all the way up until the night before their wedding day and suddenly stop. Not likely!
The reality is if someone truly (loves something) it's rare that they can "flip a switch" and instantly change regardless of a date on a calendar. Almost everyone cheats on a "strict diet".
Both good and bad habits are formed or established over time.
Does it really matter considering that very few people last through the month of January before they fall off their resolutions.
I suppose the main point of my question, in a way, answers yours. The ones that wait until New Year's Day (the majority anyway) probably don't have a deep desire to change. The good intentions are there but the dedication and determination are not.
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