It’s that time of the year again when we think about the upcoming year. We think about our future. We think about our hopes, dreams, wishes and goals.
And one traditional form of expressing these hopes, dreams, wishes and goals is through New Year’s Resolutions.
This year, I have come across several media and promotional writings that share the theme that New Year’s Resolutions don’t work.
In fact, I’ve been guilty of this in the past as well.
But today, I’m calling this a campaign of hostility. I think that anything that improves morale, stimulates positive thinking, and provides hope for a better condition should be honoured. I think that we should honour the New Year’s Resolution.
I’m not saying this because I think that everyone who is against New Year’s Resolutions is wrong. I don’t think that at all. But I do think that the reasons presented for being dismissive of New Year’s Resolutions are petty and akin to splitting hairs.
I ask: So what?
If the diet is cheated on within the first 48 hours – so what? If the gym membership doesn’t get used as many times per week as vowed – who cares? If the language course we resolved to sign up for doesn’t get taken this year – what’s the big deal?
The point is that the person who made a resolution made a conscious thought to try to be better.
One can always jump back on the diet after two weeks; can find another physical activity that we enjoy more than going to the gym, or put off that language course.
From anything we truly try, we learn. We may learn that our will power lasts only a short time. We may learn that we need to look at things another way. We may learn that we need support to do what is needed. From each of these lessons we will do things a little differently and be more successful next time. We may even learn that we simply just need to try again.
I think that anyone who makes a New Year’s Resolution should be commended. And anyone who doesn’t make them because “they don’t work, so why should I?” should look at themselves in the mirror and see if they see perfection.
And for those who have made New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t give up. Persevere. Learn and gro