New Year’s Resolutions: How to Make Them Count

28 December 2016

New Year’s resolutions – can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

During the last few days of December, no one wants to admit that they haven’t achieved their goals for the year. As a result, many people decide to wipe the slate clean and start fresh come January 1st. It sounds hopeful, but in reality, it is somewhat depressing to be living with a “my diet will start tomorrow” attitude. Extrapolate that to every aspect of your life – I will start calling my parents every day…I will wake up early to go to the gym…I will cook dinner every night…I will make an effort to keep in touch with long-distance friends… TOMORROW. By no means do we need to be perfect versions of ourselves on a daily basis, but there is a fine balance between forgiving ourselves from time to time for our mess ups and constantly saying “tomorrow is a new day.” Viewing the world through this lens is antithetical to a positive and bold approach to life – it no longer seems that encouraging.

As long as we are giving ourselves permission to abide by cliché’ life mantras, why not choose another more genuinely optimistic one? That’s right – “carpe diem” is an expression that I can get behind!

Before I hurt anyone’s feelings, I must explain that I can fully appreciate and respect the symbolic power of making New Year’s a defined moment in time to attribute a sense of rebirth to. All I am saying is to be weary of falling into the trap of making “new-year-new-me” an annual occurrence that only really happens as a last ditch effort to regain confidence at the end of the year. Hell yes, I want everyone who feels like they want to make a change and hit restart on life to listen those needs and seize the opportunity to begin again. However, in the interim, consider this: make a promise to yourself: going forward you will hold on to the “carpe diem” guidebook and make sure that on December 15th  2017 you can proudly look yourself (your hardest critic) in the mirror and say during these past 365 days you have been a new you every single darn day.

Who is with me? What side of the New Year’s resolution debate do you fall on?

TODAY begins a happy and healthy new year! And midnight on December 31st is time to formally celebrate!