"Out with the old, in with the new." "This year will be my year." "New year, new me" These are all things people say when the new year is vastly approaching.
Then you have the nay sayers... The ones who don't believe in New Year's Resolutions or New Year's in general. The ones who think that they have been struck by a lightning bolt of bad luck. They are cliché. These resolutions are cheesy and cookie cutter. They are part of a social identity crisis that everyone thinks they are having at the exact same time.
But, hey I get it... People stop going to the gym a month into the year and go back to being lazy with their excuses that they are waaay to busy. People stop being kind to others and continue to be selfish like they were in 2016 or for their entire life. People start eating junk even though they did that cleanse that released all the toxins in their souls and body. People stop being grateful when they think that life is going as planned and running smoothly. People post pictures and tweets on the social media platforms that they "unplugged" from when they realize it's the 21st century and they just want to do some stalking again and show people how great their 2017 is going. Shall I keep going? I think you get the point.
So, I do get it. Or I'd like to think I get it. So many people make a mockery of what a New Year's Resolution is. It starts to become a joke when people start putting the over and under bets on how fast the gym will die down or when you turning into a hippie will end. So call them what you will... resolutions... goals... whatever. Just take advantage of the fresh start you are given. Maybe 2016 sucked, but maybe it was great. Regardless, learn from it.
12 new chapters, 365 unwritten pages.
Family. Whether they are in your life or not, we all have em. Is there something you want to change about yours in particular? People you want to call and tell them you love them? Or maybe call and tell them about that time they really pissed you off to get it off your chest and move the hell on. Life's too short.
Personal Growth. How do you define your success? Grow from the inside, out.
Health. Give me one good reason that improving this even by a little could possibly be a bad thing. Changing one small thing can do your body wonders. Be aware, strong, and proactive.
Money. Is it really the root of all evil or just a necessity of life?
Career. If you love what you do, you won't work a day in your life. What's this dream job people speak of? Go in search of it.
Education or continued knowledge. When was the last time someone or something gave you some extra wisdom? When did you last pick up a book? Listen to a podcast? Go to a seminar?
Relationships. Keep em, or dump em?
Fun. Maybe you want to try something new or want to become an expert at something. What's stopping you?
Romance. Is someone sweeping you off your feet or do you not need no man or woman in your life?
Spiritual Growth. You gotta believe in something (doesn't have to be God or Buddha) just has to be something. Do you know what it is? Figure it out.
Travel. Who wouldn't want to see the world or at least parts of it? Adventure somewhere.
Service. Random acts of kindness or volunteering not only help others but can completely recharge you. Are you selfish or help others when you can?
Whether you believe in resolutions or not. Look at these 12 chapters and see potential to do your best at being your best. Pick one, two or all twelve to improve. Make January 1st your biggest Monday. We all do it, "I'll start eating better on Monday." "I'll start working out on Monday." "I'll clean the house on Monday." So I am giving you permission to wait a little longer... like a day. "I'll start that in the New Year." So eat junk, drink too much, be mean to someone, don't workout, spend all your money, and quit your job. Why?! Because the New Year is a day away and we will start fresh then!
I'm totally kidding. Don't do that, don't do any of that. Be realistic and open minded. Realistic enough that you don't stop what you were aiming for a month in and open minded enough that resolutions could and do actually work. Don't knock other's New Year's resolutions just because you don't have any.