‘New year, new me:’ the infamous statement strikes again

By Devon Johnson
January 27, 2016

The new year is a chance for everyone to make new commitments. Creative Commons

Going into the new year, everyone says the same phrase over and over again: “New Year’s Resolutions: new year, new me.” What is the point of saying that phrase if eight percent of people today never follow through with their resolutions? In my opinion, the purpose of a New Year’s resolution is do to something different for yourself, without having to be a “new you.”

If you were to say to anyone that you never made a New Year’s resolution, then basically you are lying to yourself. To be honest, I am guilty of making these resolutions every year. Throughout the year I do follow up with my resolution, but when the fourth month comes around, my motivation begins to lesson each day.

As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that people who create these resolutions fail because people set excuses for themselves. People come up with unnecessary excuses on why they cannot achieve their goals and slowly they begin to lose sight of the resolutions they made. People today are not motivated enough to even go through with their resolutions because everyday, they have some sort of excuse, whether it is, “Oh, I will go tomorrow because I am not feeling well” or “I would go today, but I have to do something.”

Setting New Year’s resolutions every year is the typical norm that exists within our society today. We say something that does nothing for the improvement of our lives, and instead we waste our time and our breath idealizing unrealistic resolutions. However, as an older and more committed person like myself, I create a goal for myself. I do not want to be a “new me,” rather I set different goals that will benefit my life.

My resolutions are set up into steps, which make them easier to be achieved and when those small goals are achieved, I start to create bigger goals. That is how resolutions are supposed to work. They are to start off as small goals so that they are easier to achieve and then you slowly add more and more. By doing so, we challenge our full potential on what we are capable of achieving.

Having a New Year’s resolution is not a bad idea-do not get me wrong. However, they are for people who are strong-minded and motivated. What I mean is, if you are committed and are motivated to do better for yourself, then instead of having a new resolution every year, just set long term goals with simple day-by-day steps.

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