Why I Don’t Believe in New Year’s Resolutions

The start of a new year brings along with it the pressure to set new goals and make new changes. “Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?” was a question that I received a number of times upon my return to Grounds, and while I don’t mind being asked this question, my answer is not exactly what you’d expect. I usually launch into a long-winded version of “no,” accompanied by a feeling of guilt for causing any wavering in the other person’s optimism for the new year. Granted, the idea behind creating new resolutions at the start of the year is good because they are inherently positive change inducing and overall, motivational. But, for most, these resolutions reach an expiration date far before they are expected to even be achieved. This is a large problem to the core purpose of resolutions but more so is the idea that people should wait until the new year to make changes that could change their life for the better. I strongly believe that if you want to set a goal and positively alter an aspect of your life, you shouldn’t wait until the first day of the new calendar year to begin that transformation. Every day is a good day to start a new goal or make a new resolution, and that’s the mentality we should be carrying with us into the new year and throughout.

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