I know, the new year is likely one of the most cliché writing topics out there. But in spite of all that junk out there about New Year’s resolutions, improvements for this next year and reminiscing about the past, this is still a time to celebrate. We can always take time throughout the year to make goals and set our sights forward as well as remember the past. Any goals I have for 2021 have been in place since long before people started asking about new year’s resolutions. For me a new year has only ever been a time to gather with family and friends and be grateful for what I have, basically an extension on Christmas.
New Year’s Resolutions have far too much failure attached to them to be useful to anyone. Almost anytime you hear about them it’s usually connected to how someone didn’t keep up with them for more than a week or two. I avoid making resolutions simply because it’s not the same as setting an actual goal for yourself, it’s exactly the same as making a promise with the intention of not keeping it. When you can’t keep your word to yourself, then who will you be able to keep it to?
And I know that this past year has been crazy, but we all lived it so I’m definitely not going to take the time to rehash it all. I also know that this year is not going to be any different, but it shouldn’t stop us from planning, even if the plans get cancelled, who cares? Spontaneity and taking life one step at a time is all apart of the adventure. Plans change and get cancelled, so make new plans, in the moment decisions. Just because you can’t schedule adventures like before, it doesn’t mean that life can’t be it’s own adventure anymore. Take a moment to explore and find excitement in every day. Break with the routine, make a new routine, and be spontaneous. Life was made to be taken a day at a time, second by second, so do that.
Find opportunities throughout the year to set goals, you’ll find them easier to keep than resolutions. And well you’re at it make them easy to achieve, don’t set yourself up for failure by just setting large goals, aim for something that you can accomplish by the end of the day or the end of the week. And every single one of these achievements will accelerate you towards your larger goal.