New Year, New Me Bullshit!

Every January 1st of every year, most people post their New Year’s resolutions on social media for everyone to see while some just keep theirs to themselves. We list down the things we want to change or things we want to do in the upcoming year. It’s expected as people are experiencing euphoria as the passing year passes its torch to the new one. People are excited, and when excitement overwhelms us, we tend to make promises we don’t even know if we could actually fulfill, and one of those is the New Year’s resolution.

Having a New Year’s resolution is very tricky. You must be cautious of the things you’ll include in your list. You must be certain if the changes you’ll have to make are permanent ones or just temporary. You must also plan if your goals are long term or just short term. Some people will try to change their entire lifestyle to be healthier, some will try to lose some weight by going to the gym, some will try to become better version of themselves by adjusting their attitude, some will try to quit smoking or drinking, and some will try to learn a new skill or hobby. It’s the same thing every year.  People list down these things, and by the end of January, some already gave up on most of the items on their list. And people never learn.

For years now, I have witnessed people post, and then give up on their New Year’s resolutions. This is why I believe that if you really want to change, it is much better to do it quietly. It’s also more fulfilling if these changes are noticed by the others themselves without you pointing these out. You’ll be motivated more to continue on your journey if the outputs of these changes speak for themselves. Another key thing is commitment. Make sure that you’ll stay committed to your journey no matter what it takes, and until you achieve what you’re aiming for. Without it, you’ll have nothing to motivate you. You’ll surely fail.

I believe in New Year’s resolutions. I’ve made some before, and I’ve also failed in achieving most of them in the past. So now when I do make one, I’m very realistic with what items I put on my list. I only put achievable ones, and I don’t broadcast them out loud like a news item on an evening newscast.

I’m not discouraging you on making New Year’s resolutions in the future. All I’m saying is that if you really want to make these changes, make sure that you’re 101% on board. Make sure you’re not making yours just because others are making theirs. Do it for you, be realistic, and finally, commit with all your heart and mind. Who knows? Maybe “New Year, New Me” may not be bullshit after all.

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