We claim that “new year’s resolutions” are hopeless, typically broken by day three. And more recently over the past few years, we discourage others from even thinking about making resolutions, publicly doubting not only their efforts, but their intentions, mocking their “inevitable” failure.
I want to alter your perspective, even for just a moment. The concept of a “new year’s resolution” that we know today is meant to act as a promise that we make for ourselves; to start fresh with hope and love in our hearts. We reflect on the year that we had, the memories that we made, and the journey that we endured – both good and bad – and then we make new (or renew old) goals for the year to come. This type of reflection is natural, and the start of a new calendar year helps us to make marks while on our journey.
However, the challenge in a resolution is not looking back; it’s moving forward. Even the cynicism surrounded by “new year’s resolutions” is based on past failures to keep your own promise. I certainly don’t like to think about the number of times I’ve broken my own resolutions for the new year. I would rather be known as one who keeps the promises that she makes, so if I can’t keep them, then I might as well not even bother to make them. We put ourselves down claiming that we are not capable of holding to our resolutions and opting to “quit while we’re ahead.”
Why is the idea of making a resolution something to laugh about? Why is the concept of making and keeping a promise made at the beginning of a calendar year so daunting that one would give up within just a few days or weeks? Are our goals so far out of reach that we don’t even believe in ourselves long enough to last 365 days?
Instead of just making one new year’s resolution, what if you made 12 new month’s resolutions, or 52 new week’s resolutions, or 365 new day’s resolutions? Or, just throwing this out there, what if you turned your resolutions into revolutions? Much like the gratitude movement, the body positivity movement, or the self-love movement, what if you started your own resolution movement? Setting small goals for yourself, slightly bigger goals for your community, and even larger goals for your world; revolutionizing the concept of a “new year’s resolution.”
Instead of laughing at yourself and others – encourage. Instead of doubting yourself – motivate. Instead of quitting after failing – restart. Instead of re-living yesterday – set your goals for today and tomorrow.
Today is a great day to start new – Year 1, Month 1, Week 1, Day 1.
Slainté to 2018! (with water, of course)