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More in 2024? Or are we ok as we are?

New Year's resolutions have become an annual ritual for millions of people around the world. It's a time when gyms see a surge in memberships, healthy eating habits are adopted, and the pursuit of personal growth is at its peak. However, while the intention behind these resolutions is admirable, the statistics tell a different story. According to various studies, around 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. So, what's the problem? And do we need to actually do anything at all to mark the start of a new year?


The short answer is NO; we do not need to succumb or listen to the media noise around 'change', 'being a better you', 'stopping this or starting that', but if we do, why do our attempts often end in some sort of defeat?

 

1. Unrealistic Expectations: Often due to the many media campaigns around this time of year, many people set overly ambitious goals in excitement of the new year. They vow to completely transform their lives, often underestimating the time, effort, and patience required. And often the initial rationale is enticed by subliminal marketing and not really our choice at all.

 

2. The All-or-Nothing Mentality: Some individuals fall into the trap of thinking that if they stumble once, their resolution is doomed. This all-or-nothing mentality can lead to guilt and abandonment of their goals. The danger here is that your self-esteem plummets; you feel even less worthy, less attractive, less able, mostly caused by the social media frenzy showing others apparently succeeding where you have now 'failed'.

 

3. External Pressures: The societal pressure to make New Year's resolutions can sometimes lead people to set goals that are not aligned with their true desires and values. Again, media, advertising, promises of being 'The Best You' often misaligned and unachievable.

 

Embrace Change All Year Round

 

Change is not bound by a calendar. It can happen at any moment, and the desire for self-improvement should not be restricted to the first month of the year. Here's why:

 

1. The Power of Timing: Life doesn't follow a schedule. Inspiration and motivation can strike at any time. Waiting for the new year to make changes may mean missing opportunities for personal growth.

 

2. Sustainable Progress: Rather than setting drastic resolutions, focusing on small, consistent changes throughout the year can lead to more sustainable progress. This approach allows you to build habits gradually, increasing the chances of success.

 

3. Individual Pace: Everyone's journey is unique. Setting your own timeline for change allows you to work at your own pace and adapt to your specific circumstances.

 

4. Reducing Stress: The pressure of New Year's resolutions can create stress and anxiety. Choosing to make changes when you are mentally and emotionally ready can lead to a more positive experience.

 

In conclusion; While New Year's resolutions can be a great way to kickstart personal growth, they should not be the sole catalyst for change. The desire to improve oneself and one's life is a continuous process that can and should be embraced year-round. By setting realistic goals, focusing on gradual progress, and allowing yourself the flexibility to change when it feels right, you can make positive changes whenever the opportunity arises. So, let go of the limitations of New Year's resolutions and embark on your journey of self-improvement with an open heart and an open calendar. After all, every day is an opportunity for change. But sometimes, no change is needed. We are enough and OK.


Happy New Year to whoever you are, whoever you wish to become and to those in between.

 

 

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