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Do New Year Resolutions suck?

stretch yourselfI've read a lot of posts battering the concept of New Year's resolutions lately.

I started to write a post like that myself, but then I realised that I don't really see the problem. Surely you're just expressing a desire to change something?

I will agree that it's a funny thing we do, this New Year's lark. But we also do it on Mondays, the 1st of the month, the day you come back off holiday - any sort of "fresh start" type date we can muster up.

The point is if you want to change something, you don't need to wait. You can do it now! But we like start dates - it's something that must run deep in the human psyche.

This is my take on it.  If you want to make something happen in 2016, do it. Call it a New Year resolution if you like - it's as good a phrase as any. Any other goal could be called the same - it's just a word that says "I'm resolving to do this thing".

If you read one of those posts telling you that you'll never achieve it because it's a "New Year resolution", politely request (mentally, in your own head) that they pipe down. You are the one in control. If your determination is strong, you'll do it.

You do, of course, have to apply the same thinking that gets goals achieved at any time of year, like actually following through on them. New Year resolutions get bashed for the fact that we fail at them.  But you know what? I can think of things I did last year that didn't work and no-one criticised me for trying. Quite the opposite in fact.  So as for things failing by March, so what? Failure is what happens on the way to success, isn't it? Who cares if you don't do it first time! Try again!

Michael Jordan did.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

So did Thomas Edison.

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

And Denis Waitley.

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.  Failure is a delay, not a defeat.  It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can only avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.”

I doubt Thomas Edison or Michael Jordan called their endeavours New Year resolutions but if they didn't it's probably because they started in September.

The first week in January doesn't mean that you MUST set a goal for yourself. But it doesn't mean that you can't either. If you want something to change, by all means, set a goal. Then go after it. If you fail, start over. It's the same at any time of year. Don't be discouraged by the fact that it's January. The best time to start is always now!

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