It’s that time of year again.
The time when your social media feeds are chock-full of subliminal (yet passive-aggressive) messages that are supposed to make you motivated to get your act together and turn the New Year into a New You but really just make you feel like shit about your current self.
I hate resolutions. And I hate all the buzz about resolutions this time of year.
Listen, if you make resolutions, I’m just gonna come out and say it.
You are full of crap.
“I’m gonna work out more.” Liar.
“I’m gonna eat healthier foods.” Pants. On. Fire.
Drink less alcohol, drink more water, be kinder, volunteer more, make more time for family, organize your house/your life, go to church, spend less/save more….
I’m willing to bet that most of the people who love to make resolutions make the same ones year after year after year.
What makes people think that the month of January is so magical?
If it was magic, you’d still be working out four times a week and eating six almonds for your after dinner snack instead of that bowl of Rocky Road in October.
Resolutions are just an inflated way for people to feel better about themselves … until February.
If you really want to do better for yourself and your life, January isn’t the answer.
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December— there’s your answer.
(And in case you are wondering, yes I will be working out more next week and throwing out the cookies and easing up on the Chardonnay. But I don’t call it a resolution.
I call it my-jeans-are-too-tight-again-and-I-need-a-month-to-lose-5-lbs-and-then-I-totally-won’t-work-out-as-much-and-will-eat-more-cookies-and-probably-drink-more-Chardonnay-until-I-need-to-wear-a-swimsuit-or-until-my-jeans-get-too-tight-again … a.k.a., honesty.)
But I mean, I get it.
I totally get that the New Year is the perfect excuse to become a New You. It’s convenient, no question. Plus, it’s popular, and really, who doesn’t (still) want to be popular?
But to the people whose New Year’s resolutions to break a bad habit get broken by Valentine’s Day year after year after year, I have some food for thought (don’t worry, it’s not calorie-laden):
How about you start with something simple?
Something that if you make it a point to focus on day after day after day—no matter which month is it—might just make all those other oft-broken resolutions easier to keep?
I know you can do it.