Why I don’t (and you shouldn’t) believe in New Year Resolutions

It’s close to that time again. Another year dawns upon us and we’re committed to making next year an even better year. That’s all great. However, it’s also the time where many justify the need towards making a plan of action towards becoming “an even better you” because of a new year.

The thing you need to know is: New Year Resolutions are bullshit.

It’s just a clever marketing ploy made by fitness brands and gyms back in the 90’s to encourage people to empty their wallets on gym memberships and fitness equipment that they’ll either never use or very quickly give up on.

If you need an arbitrary date to make a change, you’re probably never going to stick to your plan anyway.

New Year Resolutions is just one big social hype train that people want to ride on for social inclusion. They want to seem cool in front of their friends because they have a new challenge and this year is going to be the year. In my experience and from what I’ve seen of other people, a new year is not a good enough reason for you to want change. You need to really want it.

All it will take is one small excuse, or one week out of routine, and your new year resolution has already ended. Truth is, when you’re making serious change in your life, there are going to be hurdles and you’ll need to overcome them. And if you find that you’re not having hurdles to jump through, you’re probably not pushing yourself as much as you could.

It might sound odd based on this post, but I used to do New Year Resolutions when I was younger. I didn’t know any better. As you can tell, I never truly kept any of them and never held myself accountable at all. It took for me to tear my ACL in my knee and have a reconstruction surgery to have the willpower and determination to seriously want change.

That meant that I went to the gym every week in 2016 with over 180 visits to the gym.

You may ask — if I went every week in 2016, technically it’s a New Year Resolution right? Well, it’s actually been over a year. I started in October 2015 and have been to the gym every week since. That’s 62 straight weeks in a row with over 200 visits to the gym.

As someone who travels a lot for work, and spent 2 months in New York during this time, I didn’t make any excuses. I didn’t have the pressures of a New Year Resolution to deal with. I just had the desire to really want to achieve goals.

And if that’s what I can accomplish, someone who was obese as a teenager and had the worst record for committing to the gym and routines, without the need for a New Year Resolution — then I don’t know why it shouldn’t work for you.

In fact, I believe if I started it in the New Year, I would have never kept up with it because one small excuse and I’d somehow have convinced myself that there’s always next year. I mean New Year Resolutions are all about doing something throughout a whole year, right? A good chunk of goals that people set as New Year Resolutions are life-long changes, not just one year.

I’d highly encourage you to explore the thought of ignoring the idea of New Year Resolutions and start change with real purpose and drive when it works for you. If you’ve made real change in your lives and stuck to them, New Year Resolutions or not, I’d love to hear from you. 😊

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