At the beginning of every new year many people commit themselves to resolutions. New Year, New Beginnings.
I have always been sceptic if this actually works or if it is rather counterproductive in that you put so much pressure on yourself that you are bound to fail. That’s why I have never ever done this. Of course, there have always been things at the back of my head that I would like to achieve but I never wrote them down or saw them as a kind of must-do thing.
So, I had a bit of a look around the Internet. The standard goals were related to health, money, education/career, family/friends. All pretty general things. Things that, to me, that should be normal and not put on a list like something special. Not to mentions things like ‘falling in love’ that you can’t force or plan. In my mind, if you are making a list of resolutions you should rather put something specific on it not just a general phrase. Like, this year you want to learn more about a certain hobby and you would go buy books about it, take a course etc.
Apparently, there is also a study which indeed shows that most of those resolutions fail. I guess there could be many reasons but when you look at some resolutions they often don’t seem really realistic. There’s even a list of the most commonly broken resolutions which, among others, contains the seemingly ever-present quit smoking, the mostly unachievable be less stressed, and learn something new.
In the end, I think I will stick with not making any true resolutions. Maybe a guideline of things like being outside more in the summer, don’t sit in front of the computer all day long and the like would be a nice idea… And if one needs some ideas and some fun there is this website: New Year’s Resolution Generator.