While I find it ironic that we take an arbitrary date and suddenly we’re celebrating a new year and new beginnings, there is something about the end of one period of time and the beginning of another that gives us a time of reflection on what we’ve experienced and accomplished (or not).
The problem with resolutions is that they’re about as firm as early morning mist and fade as quickly. Most resolutions are about reinventing ourselves. Hence losing weight, getting fit, drinking less, being more organised — circle as appropriate!
The reality for most people is that the gym memberships aren’t used and we blow the diet on that delicious looking desert. What starts as a resolution rarely makes it to a habit that becomes a daily part of our life.
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but that’s not to say that I don’t have goals. I do take a little time around this period to consider the year that’s gone and consider how I’m going to make the next period better or at least different, but I also try to do this on a quarterly basis as well. Our goals and aspirations can and do change and not all of them will take a year to accomplish, and some will take longer.
If something is important enough to us then we shouldn’t wait for a new year to come along, or think we’ve failed when next week we find that we’ve not miraculously become our new self.
Reinventing ourselves isn’t easy; if it was then we’d all be that perfect person.