Never Make Another New Years Resolution!
Let me start with the compulsory Happy New Year!
With that out of the way it’s time for real talk heading into 2022.
As is with the offset of every new year, pressure is abound to come up with monumental New Year resolutions. Many set lofty goals of self-improvement, reduction, abstinence, or production. These important changes and adjustments are necessary. However, choosing the New Year to begin, or referring to them as New Year’s resolutions, are recipes for failure.
Here’s a reality check just to make sure:
How did your past resolutions pan out?
Do you even remember them?
New Year resolutions are dumb. If you want to quit or change something, and more importantly, if you were going to, you would. End of story.
You would make it happen by exercising will-power and crushing up that last pack of cigarettes, or dumping the stash of liquor bottles. You would force yourself to drive right past the gas stations, convenience & liquor stores, or walk by the supermarket courtesy counters, instead of giving into your addictions. You would display enough discipline for the requisite three weeks, or twenty-one days, while the new habit of not doing whatever bad thing you do replaces the negative one.
This goes for substance abuse, porn and video game addiction, overspending, and any other vices. It’s the same with improving fitness, eating healthier, and losing weight. Likewise, practicing gratitude and kindness, becoming more responsible with finances, and any other opportunities for self-improvement and development you desire.
Everyone breaks their News Year’s resolutions. Don’t wait for January 1st to change. Instead, start December 31st or January 2nd, or even better, right the heck when you realize you’re giving into the pressure of negative impulses.
Here’s a final thought for the transition into 2022. Don’t let the change of another calendar year define you.
Last year wasn’t good or bad because it was 2021. It was only the way it turned out because of hard work or, inversely, due to procrastination and slacking. The year took the form it did because of good or bad decisions, and taking the right or wrong chances and risks. There certainly is a bit of luck and uncontrollable circumstance involved, but what year it is has nothing to do with the results.
Make better choices. Work harder and smarter. Do this every day, month, year, and decade and do nothing but improve. In the end you will still say it was a great year because you willed it and made it so.
Written by John Andreula
Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk