New Year, Same old Story

The New Year, 2017, is just around the corner. Many of you will be setting new goals, things to attempt, things to avoid, but will any of us really achieve them?

Why do we use the fact that it is a New Year to set ourselves new resolutions/targets? Why can’t we do this at any other point during the year?

A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement beginning on New Year’s Day. But a self-improvement can be made at any point in your lifetime, right?

If you feel something is that bad in your life then change it, and if you’re doing it just to keep with tradition then is it really a resolution or is it to go along with the trend?

I won’t be making any resolutions this year, because I make them every day, I am always setting myself new targets or things to avoid in my life. I don’t feel the need to make a New Year’s Resolution because I know I won’t be committed to it. In everyday life, if I feel I am doing something wrong, or if I feel that I am not leading the life that I want to lead then I make a change and alter the path that I am on.

Think of it this way, if you sleep on your right side and you wake up with aches and pains, you will try to sleep on your left side to see if that makes a difference. If you don’t like a particular sweet, then you will try another to see if you like that better. We alter these aspects instantaneously, without a thought so what makes a resolution so different?

The regular resolutions tend to be to avoid chocolate, to eat healthy, to go to the gym, to avoid alcohol, to stop smoking. Now some of these resolutions may have the best intentions, but are they realistic?

Traditionally, in January new gym memberships go through the roof, and most people attend for a few weeks and then allow the monthly payments to continue flowing whilst not attending, until around September when people realise that they are still paying for the gym and that it is probably a good idea to quit their membership until the New Year comes around anyway.

The point is, we don’t need an old tradition to make changes in our lives, we don’t need a specific day to set targets to aim for. The best part of life, is that it is yours, and if you want to make changes then do it, do it any day, any hour, any minute that you see fit.

If you feel that you are stuck in a rut, then do something about it, if you feel unhealthy then aim to get healthy. In life, you should look to challenge yourself as much as possible to make the changes that matter most to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and more importantly, to make you happy.

The trick to this? Have the right attitude and the right level of mental strength, to believe in what it is you are trying to achieve. This sounds easy enough, but you don’t know what you can achieve until you challenge yourself. And remember, you can make a change any day, any time, any place.

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