With the New Year comes the last holiday season tradition – setting New Year’s resolutions.
It’s almost unavoidable to address your own stance on resolutions, as social media grows full of inspiring quotes and optimistic friends openly driven to start the New Year off on the right foot. Commercial ads are flooded with health-driven fitness products and promoting gym passes. Whether you’re reflecting gratefully about the year behind you, wishing it hadn’t ended so soon, or feeling exhausted from all the trials 2019 brought to your life, now is the time to embrace a fresh start and set goals to refine our habits and improve our lives.
While some may find New Year’s resolutions inspiring and helpful, others are resistant to the tradition, finding them daunting and unattainable.
Here are some pros and cons to take into consideration when creating your own New Year’s resolutions:
1. Self-Awareness: Holiday gatherings have us recapping and involuntarily reflecting on our year in conversations with family and friends. It presents a perspective of what we’ve accomplished and can give us the drive to set specific goals to work toward and be proud of next year.
2. A Fresh Start: For some of us, it’s hard not to equate the New Year with a new beginning. It can be easy to create and bullet point personal goals. There’s something liberating and refreshing that comes with the idea of starting with a clean slate.
1. Deadlines Foster Procrastination: It can be easy to put off getting serious about your resolutions with such a long lead-time. Setting goals takes planning and follow through, while a year deadline leaves tons of room for postponing things until tomorrow or next week.
2. Self-Doubt: Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure without thinking about and taking the proper steps to achieve a big goal. This can lead to self-doubt and guilt if the goal isn’t reached.
At the end of the day, you are in control of how you live your life. If you’ve set goals, don’t feel like you have to wait in order to get serious about them because of a date on the calendar. It’s an encouraging thing to reflect on your life and make promises to yourself to evolve, however big or small.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be for everyone. Whether you’re defining your New Year’s resolutions or choosing to decline the tradition, don’t forget to maintain motivation in your life and always keep a little grace in your pocket moving forward into the New Year. After all – every day is a good day to have a good day!
Shawna Sabedra is freelance writer and editorial assistant