Why New Year’s Resolutions Are a Waste of Time
As the year draws to a close, we spend our time reflecting on our triumphs and failures of the past 360-something days and making our preparations for the upcoming year.
Often times, these preparations come in the form of New Year’s Resolutions.
If you haven’t figured it out from the title, I think New Year’s Resolutions are a colossal waste of time.
In fact, my New Year’s Resolution is to not have a New Year’s Resolution!
Don’t get me wrong here. The reasons for having resolutions are admirable. It’s fantastic that you recognize you could have room for improvement.
But my problem with New Year’s Resolutions has less to do with people wanting to change and more to do with the idea of it.
Quite frankly, that’s bullshit. The only permission you need to make a change is from yourself. No one else.
Not your friends. Not your family. And certainly not some arbitrary date.
Dates are unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Do you think I know the dates of the days that I committed to making fitness a part of my life or the day that I decided to start this blog?
All that matters is that I wanted to make a change and I’ve stuck with it.
Let’s look at some of the statistics now, shall we?
Historically, statistics show an alarming percentage of people fail to succeed at their New Year’s Resolutions.
The same source cites 73% give up before they achieve their goal.
Why is this?
It’s because people don’t want it badly enough.
Their desire for change doesn’t come from deep within. It comes from being swept up in the whole “New Year, New Me!” mindset and it leads them to create resolutions that don’t truly inspire them to sustain it.
In fact, successful resolutions happen before January 1st. Researchers call it the contemplation phase, where you come up with a goal and develop the confidence to turn your change into a habit.
Sure, the euphoria of the new year might compel someone to try and change but a few weeks into January and they’re suddenly falling back into familiar rhythms.
By indulging in some half-baked resolution that you’re not truly passionate about, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
The best time to make a change was yesterday.
But obviously, yesterday has come and gone and to dwell on that would be counterproductive to the point I’m trying to make.
As soon as you’re done reading this article, I want you to think very carefully about whatever change you want to make in the upcoming year. It doesn’t have to be fitness related.
It could be anything! Career, family, relationships, etc.
Once you’ve settled on a goal, find a way to take immediate action on it.
What do I mean by immediate action? It’s something you act on today, not tomorrow. The sooner, the better.
If you can’t find a way to take action on it, you don’t want it badly enough.
Me? I want to grow this blog and turn it into a fine resource for people to come to for their fitness and nutritional inquiries. How am I taking immediate action to further that goal?
As soon as I’m done writing this article, I’m off writing the next one and brainstorming topics for the future.
You want to lose fat and/or build muscle but the gym is closed today? Go online and research a workout and nutrition plan to follow. And while you’re at it, subscribe to my newsletter.
Yeah, I’m not above shameless self-promotion.
You’re surrounded by toxic people who add no value to your life? Cut them out immediately and get some alone time. It’ll do you some good and allow you to reevaluate what kind of people you want to surround yourself with.
You hate your job? Update your resume and start looking around for other positions. Then interrupt your douche of a boss on his vacation to tell him to fuck off because you’re quitting.
(I’m kidding about that last part. Do that and say goodbye to any chances of him providing good references for you.)
Who cares if it’s December 31st instead of January 1st? Or February 9th instead of February 14th?
If there’s one thing I want you to take away from reading this article, it’s this:
Stop putting off your aspirations. You’re doing yourself a major disservice by waiting around to make a change.