New Year’s Resolutions: Aren’t They Just Pointless?

Every year, when January 1st comes along so does the hangover, the regret and the New Year’s Resolution. Is it all just pointless, or does it actually add some value to our lives?

I’m not trying to be pessimistic here. I’m purely speaking from experience. New Year’s Resolutions certainly work for some people – they can help get your life in order and realise the goals in which you want to achieve. However, I have always struggled to keep at them. I either set myself completely unrealistic goals or just give up by the 6th.

YouGov found that 32 percent of us make a New Year’s Resolution, but just how many manage to go the full year? Only about 8 percent of us, says the University of Scranton. Shame on us!

I’m fully aware that the title of this post is a bit misleading. Obviously, resolutions aren’t pointless. As I’ve said, they can help us find meaning and give us a good path to follow throughout the year. Most of us are just really, really bad at sticking to them. My argument here is that if we’re so bad, what’s the point?

Well, if you’re not going to stick to them then obviously there’s not much point in doing it. You’ve got to be committed, and we’re not just talking for the first five days of the year here. If you say you’re going to do it, make it an active mission to achieve your goal.

Before you have a go at me for going full on Mr. Motivator at you, I’m speaking to myself here too. Like I said, I’m rubbish at keeping them. I always have been. For years, I just gave up on having any because I knew fully well I couldn’t and wouldn’t commit. Props on knowing myself so well, not-so-props for knowing I’m incapable of giving something a good go – yay!

(Me in my heyday)

Anyway, this year is different. I’ve decided to come up with some goals that I am going to use to guide my year and mould my life into what I want it to be. My goals are achievable, and if I set my mind to it – they CAN happen. This is perhaps the mistake I’ve made before, I’ve gone full-blown with my intentions and then realised they’re not quite achievable straight away.

I’m also refusing to call my goals New Year’s Resolutions – for many reasons. For starters, the name just sounds shit. Secondly, I’ll be working hard on these goals throughout the year and not just when the year is new. Thirdly, because I said so.

If you’re still reading this ramble and are actually interested to know what my goals are, you’re in for a treat. My first goal is to keep at this blog and craft it into something which actually has a sense and purpose. Right now, there’s no structure behind it. Posts happen as and when I can be arsed, which at some points can seem like never. I’m going to try and come up with a routine whereas I am regularly posting something. This will not only give the blog order and keep it regularly updated, but it’ll also mean I’m writing regularly about things I actually want to write about and what I have passion for.

Another goal is to focus on my mind, body and soul. Whether it’s meditation, watching what I’m eating, exercising or just regularly looking after myself and listening to what my body needs. I don’t look after myself enough, and I’m noticing more and more the effect this has on absolutely everything else – work, relationships and happiness.

I hope that in a year’s time I’ll be able to look back at this post, not with a sigh of “what was he thinking” but with a sense of pride that I was actually able to start accomplishing what I wanted to. I’m not saying I’ll be 100%, that’s not what I’m aiming for. I’m aiming to be on the right track, understand the things I need to change and be on the way to changing them and making a difference.

Anyway, I’m being serious here now and it all feels a bit weird. Here’s a picture of a funny cat to bring things back to normality:

God, he’s so funny.

What goals are you hoping to achieve this year? Let me know or don’t – it’s your choice, it’s not like I make the rules or anything.

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