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Oh Those New Year's Resolutions

Updated on January 3, 2012

Now that we have embarked on a new year (it’s 2012 for those of you that are still in a daze and suffering that hangover from sending out 2011), were there any resolutions you made? It seems to be an age-old tradition for people to make these life-altering commitments with the commencement of the New Year. I will admit that I have been guilty of doing this as well in the past. These resolutions we make are often extremely drastic: major diets, quit smoking, quit drinking, etc. We have this false sense of courage and prowess that we will be able to accomplish the task at hand. All of a sudden, this New Year will make it possible to finally kick that bad habit that we have carried on for the past twenty years (cue the overly peppy cheerleader for moral support). Is this reasonable thinking?

Now, I’m not trying to discourage you from whatever resolution you have made this year. For your sake, I hope that you can accomplish and follow whatever guidelines you have set for yourself. Don’t let me squash your optimism. Personally, I have made no resolutions. This isn’t because I am some pessimist; I am simply a realist. We are on the third day of the New Year, and I would be willing to make a bet that 25% of resolutions people have made have already been broken. Okay, so I can’t actually make the bet because that would break my resolution, but I would say it with confidence. Yes, I’m just kidding because I already said I didn’t make any resolutions. By the time February rolls around, that number will probably be more in the range of 75%. Now don’t give my numbers any credibility because I just pulled them out of thin air (just like most statistics). I am simply making guesses from what I have seen of people in the past. Resolutions just don’t last. We get lazy and forget. We break them once and lose our motivation.

Basically, my message to you is to do what’s best for you. If you break your resolution, don’t automatically give up on yourself. Maybe that is a sign to adjust your resolution and possibly just scale it back a little. Make incremental resolutions and changes to your habits. Everything does not necessarily have to be done all at once. Also, if you break your commitment, you don’t have to wait for a new year to make a new one. What is so overly significant about the New Year being the time for changes? You can start something any day. What makes January 1st any better than July 22nd? My challenge to you is to be one of those few people to make that change in your life and actually follow through with it, but make that change because you want to and not because it’s what everyone is doing.


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    • Joelipoo profile image

      Joel 6 years ago from Ohio

      @Teresa - Thanks. I agree with you completely. Constantly monitoring and making changes is the way to go. It seems to be much more productive and useful.

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      Teresa Coppens 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree, why wait for January 1 what you can start today. I'm regularly monitoring my goals and long term to do list. I make adjustments when needed. I haven't made a New Year's resolution in a while other than to make a conscious effort to write more. Welcome to hubpages Joel.

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      Joel 6 years ago from Ohio

      @Vinaya - Very interesting approach. I like how you put that.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Years come and go, New Year will come only when a new leaf turns in our life.

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      Joel 6 years ago from Ohio

      @Matt and @Diana - thanks! I agree with you both that it's about constant change and not waiting.

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      Diana Mendes 6 years ago

      Great hub. Yes a resolution to change for the better can be made on any day. "NEW YEARS RESOLUTION" This has become a tradition down through the ages. Voted up & useful.

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      Matt in Jax 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Good job in writing. You should always be there to change yourself year round as opposed to caring at the beginning of a year.

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      Joel 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Miss. I wish you the best with your desire to get fitter. It makes more sense to me to do something while it is fresh in your mind. There is no need to wait when you can start making the change immediately.

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      MissDoolittle 6 years ago from Sussex, UK

      Yes I tend to agree with you, it's almost tradition to make a new year's resolution. People may stick to them for a few days, weeks or they may stick to them, but I don't understand why people wait until a new year to change.

      In December I decided that I wanted to get fitter and join a club/start swimming, so I have. I did it because I wanted to, I didn't feel the need to wait until January just to say it's a resolution.

      Great hub