Why I’m Banning New Year’s Resolutions

Why I Am Banning New Year's Resolutions

The end of 2013 is nearing, whether I want it to or not. This allows me to reflect on the year behind me and consider what I can accomplish in the upcoming year. For most people, this could be considered your list of New Year’s Resolutions.

Merriam-Webster defines the word resolution as:

res·o·lu·tion
noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\
: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something

Based on this definition, what exactly am I resolving?

What conflict am I trying to find a solution for?

According to the dictionary definition, I am essentially failing myself each and every year, only to start over at the beginning of the next year. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

And if the definition alone weren’t enough to deter me from creating New Year’s Resolutions ever again, here are 6 additional reasons.

  1. I’m still recovering from the holiday season. Simply put, I’ve been on-the-go for several months already, so I’m still pretty vulnerable and exhausted come January 1. It’s really not the ideal time for me to be making drastic life decisions.
  2. I strive to better myself every day. Each and every day of the year I try my best to do something different, learn something new, and provide more love and support to my family than I did the previous day. I don’t need a different number in the year to try to become a better person.
  3. I’m setting myself up for failure. In year’s past, my New Year’s Resolutions often covered tasks I wanted to complete by the very end of that year, instead of just making it through the day or week. That’s a disaster waiting to happen, if you ask me. Who’s to say my goals won’t change after 3, 6, even 9 months? So just because my goals changed through the year, I had already failed myself by not accomplishing my original goals set.
  4. I create the life I love. I’ve spent years and years (31 of them, tomorrow, to be exact) creating a life I love. I try my best to live a life free of “conflict” (as noted in the definition), so resolutions aren’t necessary.
  5. I’m okay stepping out of my comfort zone. One of the main reasons we create a mental list of “resolutions” is because we want to try something new. Step out of our comfort zone. Live on the edge. Each and every year, I can say with confidence that I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone at least a few times to accomplish something new.
  6. I set goals every day. I call them goals. Not resolutions. And I set them every single day. Whether it is to scratch items off my to-do list, try a new recipe, or set a personal record in my next half marathon, I am setting goals for myself every day. January 1 is just another day to create a goal.
What are your feelings on New Year’s Resolutions?

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