New Years Eve typically means a list of New Years resolutions, a whole bunch of things you didn't do last year, but by the magical force of a single night can easily tackle now. While countless adults of all ages decide what they are going to do differently. I decide what I'm going to do exactly the same. The fact is New Years resolutions don't work. Instead of setting resolutions that you're bound to forget about within a few months, reflect every night. Recognize the things that you're already great at and focus on the areas of you that really need improvement.
1. Year Round Goal Setting Is Better Than A Single Day Of Reflection
The reason a new year doesn't mean a new me is because I don't need a specified night for me to reflect on what I've been doing wrong and how I can improve on it in the future. You can accomplish a lot more if you're setting new years resolutions everyday. Instead of limiting yourself to a single night of reflection write down goals all year round. Let your goals change and develop with you throughout the year.
2. New Years Resolutions Simply Don't Work
The idea of reserving goal setting to a single night of the year is a recipe for disaster. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was the beautiful human you have become over the past 15-25 years. Insisting that this year will be the year you achieve all your fitness goals and publish your first book book is absurd. All we can hope for is to better than the person we were yesterday. Instead of saying this year will be the year you publish your book, insist that you are going to publish a book in the first place. The mind is a creative place and putting unrealistic time constraints can make or break a person.
3. I'm Already The Me I Want To Be
When I look in the mirror I see an imperfect human and I love it. New Years resolutions overwhelmingly instill in us that we aren't good enough. As we sit there on New Years Eve we write a laundry list of our imperfections and give the things we love about ourselves no chance to continue. We stomp out our positive thoughts and head into the year with an attitude that we need to drastically change. There might be some aspects of us that need to improve, but piling them up to carry into the new year is not the most effective way to truly change.