It’s the end of the year and time to do one of the most common things of the year – to write a list of potentially meaningless of things - resolutions that you promise to do in the New Year. Admit it, you have probably done a few of these lists in your life. Uh…sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but you are NOT going to stick to those resolutions and most of those resolutions are absolutely meaningless.
Resolutions are completely dumb actually. I mean why, on a particular moment in time, do you decide to change your life completely or go in a different direction than what you or you body or ego are used to? It’s not worth it or makes any difference one way or another. Resolutions are completely irrelevant.
One of the most popular resolutions is that of getting into shape. That usually consists of joining a gym (which is the one time of the year that gyms really like because they get a bunch of people to sign up but those people never really set foot into the past January). Getting exercise or changing the activity of your life only happen as a significant life change, not something that at 11:50pm on December 31st, you decide to do. And joining the gym, as I have learned from my own experience, doesn’t mean that the gym will drag your ass out of bed and make you start working out. That is up to you!
This resolution thing is out of control. Instead of taking a particular point in time where everyone makes a “commitment” to do a life change, do it in the middle of April, June or August or some day that has no association with the New Year. The New Year should just be about hanging out with friends and family and being happy about the fact that you are together. It’s not about changing your life in one way or another, but should be about improving your life in general by reaffirming those relationships around you.
But, in case you are looking for some things to do throughout the year, here are some of the top resolutions made by people each year:
- Drink Less Alcohol
- Eat Healthy Food
- Get a Better Education
- Get a Better Job
- Get Fit
- Lose Weight
- Manage Debt
- Manage Stress
- Volunteer to Help Others
These are great ones to have, actually, provided that you stick with them beyond the first week or two of January. But don’t do them as a fad, do them with real seriousness.
This new year, don’t make the commitment to the gym or to eating better or being a better person. Simply be yourself. Do what you do best, be sincere to you and those around you and don’t try to do or be something beyond what you naturally do. Make slow but steady changes if you want change something in the year and you will have more of a likelihood of success if you do it that way.
What are your resolutions? I personally don’t have any. There are some things that I do want to do better for my wife, my kids and for me, but I’m not going to change everything dramatically all at once to achieve them. Happy New Year!