Let me start by saying Happy New Year! 2018 already feels full of motivation, possibilities, and excitement. Personally, I think New Years resolutions are utter crap, which is why I don’t make them, but 2018 is here and the resolution-ers are out in full force. I'm sure we've all heard a few of the following already... (fair warning, I'm about to go on a rant here for a second).
“I’m going to start eating healthy and working out! But first, I’m going inhale this tub of ice cream in my freezer because I can’t possibly give up sweets knowing I have this in the house. Cheat day!”
“I’m going to spend more time outside and away from technology” *Posts instagram the next day from a hike*
“I'm going to start budgeting and saving money. I had to buy these shoes because they were on sale- practically free! That doesn’t count.”
If any of the above are you, I’m probably going to make you feel a little uncomfortable here because I’m calling BULLS#*T! Excuse my French but seriously, come on. We can do better than this, y'all! Resolutions are crap- and you know why? Because 99% of the time there is nothing that has actually changed between December 31 and January 1. You didn’t magically gain the will power to resist sweets at the stroke of midnight, and you certainly haven't become a frugal penny pincher overnight either.
I will however, give New Years resolutions a little bit of credit in that it is the one time of year that pretty much everyone I know takes a good look at their habits and tries to figure out how to improve themselves. My question is, why aren’t we doing this all the time? Every day even? I’m definitely not knocking self reflection or the desire to improve- that is amazing! I’m saying don’t wait until January first of every year to do it. There is absolutely no reason you can’t take steps today or tomorrow to make just as big a change in your life as people attempt to in the first few weeks of January.
The difference between a New Years resolution and actually deciding to better oneself is that one is driven by a societal and social agenda- you’re supposed to make a resolution around New Years. The other is an ongoing process driven from within an individual. People with the desire for self improvement rarely ever stop trying to improve themselves. There isn't a set threshold that when they get there they go, "okay well, I reached my goal so now I can go back to my old, crappy habits now!"
So instead, I challenge you to make January resolutions, and February resolutions, and July resolutions and October resolutions... you see what I'm saying? I challenge you to have the self awareness and that same reflection with yourself that you do every December ALL THE TIME. Ask the hard questions and dig a little deeper on a regular basis.
As my challenge to myself in 2018- I’m going to walk the walk. Trying to dig a little deeper, and step into myself a little further. Hopefully this next year will hold innumerable accomplishments, victories, and lessons. I can’t wait!