The traditional New Year's resolution doesn't work.

The traditional New Year's resolution doesn't work.
We’re all familiar with the concept of New Year’s resolutions. As the old (and pretty cliché) saying goes, “New year, new me.” That being said, I think we’re also familiar with the feeling of disappoint when we fail our resolutions only months—or sometimes even weeks—into the new year. I think that over years and years of failing resolution after resolution, I’ve come to realize that it’s a bad idea to wait for the New Year in order to improve ourselves. We always tell ourselves that this is the last hurrah; after this, there’s no more alcohol, no more fast food, no more spending eight hours a day watching funny cat videos on YouTube.

But the truth is, the best moment to start improving ourselves is now, at this very moment. If you bargain with yourself, if you keep telling yourself “one last hurrah,” then there is a good chance that you’re not serious enough to dedicate yourself to change. Change comes with motivation and dedication, and not the date on the calendar. Don’t wait for the New Year to get started on the new you. Cut your bargaining and start NOW.

How do you guys feel about this? Do you think that it’s better to wait until the New Year to get started on your resolutions, or do you feel the only real way to improve is to get started today? Let’s talk about it!

Comments

antonToledo
Does the traditional New years' resolution still work? My own opinion about this is this still depends on the person. Some people I know are really good in making and achieving their new year's resolution and goals, on the other hand, there are also people who don't achieve any of there new years resolutions or goals. And I strongly agree with what you said that the best moment start improving ourselves is now. Don't wait for the year to end you can already improve your self today.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-15-2018
kaushikangara
It always doesn't work for me so I have stopped making resolutions. You feel determined and motivated in the beginning of the year but it soon fades out as the things become busy and you find no time in reacting to your resolutions. You have a strict plan in place and have enough time to make things work.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-16-2018
pencilneckgeek
Yeah same as you the motivation is there in full force at the beginning but then when normal life begins and we go back to work and our busy schedules catch up to us then we forget all about our list or we just don't have enough time.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-17-2018
ivandelrey
It works for the first few days of the year but I gave up on setting up New Year's resolutions a long time ago because I often set unrealistic goals. I just think it's best to just go with the flow and I stopped taking life too seriously, yes we should always try to be our very best but we can always do it without waiting for another new year.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-16-2018
burgosmichael2407
For me, the traditional New Year's resolution doesn't work because it only becomes a tradition. I mean, people makes New Year's resolution because it was a tradition and not because they intended for a change. When I was a student, I always make New Year's resolution because I know our teachers will require us to pass it out. I believe this is the reason why this tradition doesn't have an impact for me. I do change and get better not because of New Year's resolution but because I have decided to surrender my life to God and let Him lead the way.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-16-2018
Corzhens
When you say traditional that means people are doing it for a long time already. I used to write my own list of New Year’s resolutions because we were taught to do that in school when I was in high school. But I have to agree that it really doesn’t work and the list only serves as inspiration on the first week of January and sooner or later the list will be forgotten and we continue to live our life normally.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-16-2018
mhingnhormz
The traditional New Year's resolution doen't work: I didn't even try even once to make a new year's resolution for my self except when our teacher required us to do so. I only make one just for requirement and not for my self because I know to my self that I can't make it all but it doesn't mean that i limit my self to do something good ofcourse not, i will just let my life work for it in her own.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-16-2018
nekonieden
Yes true. The perfect time to change yourself is now. You may want to start at the first day of new year but it is not what we expect as sometimes there are distractions in not achieving our goals We can write our new year's resolution but most of the time it's useless as it seems as sometimes it doesn't work. It badly needs discipline and determination.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-16-2018
jpk0007
Yes, that is true, at least for me i have stopped making New Year Resolutions for many years now. Usually when we start a new Year we have a lot of expectations from it. We make New Year resolutions that are mostly based on these unrealistic expectations. With time we realise that nothing in life happens according to your plan. Things happen suddenly when you are not expecting them. One has to try and be in the present moment and do the best to his work and face every day as it comes.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-16-2018
Vinsanity
Still it is a good thing that we have New Year's resolution. This is for us to at least have the motivation to try improving ourselves for the better. Besides, New Year's resolution works only if a person has the discipline in improving himself.
Posted by Vinsanity on 12-16-2018
luv2xacosta
This doesn't work for me as well. I have tried doing it many times but I will stop midway because I'm not motivated to continue doing it. It takes a lot of discipline to follow your New Years Resolution.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-17-2018
knnon
I've never been one to believe in resolutions. I believe that if a person wants to change something then one should decide on it and make it happen. Usually resolutions for me don't work because there's a pressure and stress that comes with having a list of things you'll need to change. These days I just meditate and try to find out what I need to change and work on that on my own pace.
Posted by knnon on 12-17-2018
pencilneckgeek
I agree with you, I have failed to uphold new year's resolutions as it is really hard to change some habits. If you really want to change then you will do it regardless if it is a start of a new year or not. A number on a calendar should not be the basis of wanting to better yourself.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-17-2018
Wubwub
I don't think they work for the most part because I have yet to hear from somebody who has been able to do it just because they made a new year's resolution. However, I'm sure it has worked for someone in the world and probably there are more of those people than we think, so there must be some merit to that method also.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-17-2018
NikSuks
As you said my friend, the change should start right now! No need to wait for 2019. People should start improving themselves as soon as the thought about improvement pops up in their minds. By working hard and having a strong will to change something, everyone can improve! People must believe in themselves. They should not wait for a new year to come. I mean, it is okay to have something planned for the future. But it is better to start improving things as soon as possible.
Posted by NikSuks on 12-18-2018
Yumyan
It all depends on the individual. However, most would eventually give up and forget. You are right, there's no right or wrong day to start over. Any time or day is perfect. But I would suggest writing down goals then creating small specific tasks to follow everyday. That is what I am going to do. All we really need is self-discipline.
Posted by Yumyan on 12-21-2018