I have never been able to understand why people make New Year’s resolutions. At the beginning of every year, I hear people talking about their resolutions . . . “This year I’m going to . . .” and it could be any number of things.
They resolve to give up smoking, go on a diet, exercise, socialize more, socialize less, write a book, pay off all their credit cards, stick to a budget, etc. Whatever problems they have been wrestling with all year, they resolve to fix, or at least do differently.
I guess the reason I have never made a New Year’s resolution or understood why anyone else would do so, is because once I think about changing something in my life, I act upon it immediately. I don’t set aside a specific date to start it; I start it right then and there. Finishing it may be a different story.
If it’s a lifelong habit, e.g., giving up coffee, when I’m convinced that this is something that is causing me physical pain, I will start on the process of giving it up immediately and then I will plan it out carefully so that I don’t have withdrawal symptoms. I will take the number of cups I drink on a daily basis and start to reduce that amount, little by little every few days, until I hit ground zero.
My attitude toward making major changes in a person’s life is that there is no time like the present. Think it. Do it. Don’t wait until tomorrow because, more often than not, tomorrow never comes.
People often make ambitious New Year’s resolutions and they may make an attempt for a week or two, maybe even for a month or two, and then they go back to their old habits.
Maybe the basic reason I don’t engage in these yearly rituals of making New Year’s resolutions is because I consider a resolution a promise and a promise is a promise; I don’t promise something unless I’m sure I can keep it, even if that promise is only to myself.
Does this mean that I don’t resolve to do things? No, it just means that I don’t wait until New Year’s Day to make the resolution; I start on it as soon as I think I’m ready to fulfill that promise to myself.