Yes I hate to put a dampener on your jolly happy year, forget about those prosperous and happy new years you received. They are just words and in case you haven’t yet realised it, words are a lot easier to dish out than actions. So I will try to bring it back into perspective and give you a reality check. This year is not going to be better than last year. Come next year this time around, the chances that you will probably have the same resolutions will probably be high. The one thing that will certainly change is your age that I can guarantee anything else I wouldn’t bet my life on it.
Do not be discouraged by this news, you are just one of the billions of people in the world who make resolutions and who fail to achieve any of them. I have no idea what you hope to achieve this year, lose weight, pray more, get rich or finally hand in that resignation letter. Spare yourself the disappointment you are unlikely to achieve any of them. It is not that you do not have it in you to accomplish your resolutions; it is just that you can’t. Like the rest of the overzealous individuals who write their plans and even have themes for the year, you will do what pretty much everyone else does- procrastinate.
When January is done and dusted you will convince yourself that you still have 11 months to start working on your resolutions, by April you will scold yourself slightly and allow yourself to believe that your still have time. By the time October breezes through you will psyche yourself and even say that it is not how you start but how you finish, yeah right. Before you realise, it will be 31 December and you will be counting down to the new year where you will contemplate writing a New Year’s Resolution.
Clearly, why do you have to wait for 1 January to change something about your life? Surely if you were really serious and committed to change something about your life, you would not wait for New Year’s Day to do so. It is not like some miracle or supernatural event happens on 1 January. If we remove the fireworks and the fact that it is a public holiday it is just an ordinary day. For the love of excuses we use New Year resolutions as a tipping point for our lives. So each year we continue making the same resolutions over and over again. Let us continue to lie to ourselves that we can be better, wiser, smarter, and happier if we make New Year resolutions.
I am not stopping you from making your New Year resolutions they are good if you follow through, but we all know the truth. When we ring in 2014 you will ask yourself what happened to the year gone by and the resolutions unachieved. You will have a resolution on your 2014 resolution list to accomplish your resolutions for that year and the cycle will continue. If this will be the case, why should we care about resolutions once again?