New Year, Same Me - Why you should ditch the resolutions this New Years!
With New Year fast approaching, you're probably hearing a lot of 'New Year, New Me'. But how about this year we shake it up a bit and keep it 'New Year, Same Me'?
Every year we're bombarded with the pressure of setting New Year's resolutions. Promises to ourselves that we'll lose two stone, we'll finally take up gardening, we'll climb Mount Kilimanjaro...whatever it is, the resolutions usually don't end up sticking.
You see, the problem with most New Year's resolutions is they are usually vague and may be based on the expectations of others. Or perhaps you're feeling pressured by a false need to conform to societal norms.
Think about resolutions you set in the past that you ended up ditching. Maybe you didn't really want to do these things, or maybe you were busy prioritising things that don't fulfil you.
When we continuously set New Year's resolutions that don't align with what we truly want, we are setting ourselves up for failure. The reality is that there's no point in setting the same resolutions you've been setting for years on end, only to feel disappointed and down on yourself.
Having goals is important in life, but working on your goals shouldn't just happen in the New Year - that's a lot of pressure! Working on building or changing habits slowly and steadily won't overwhelm you like an unrealistic list of New Year's resolutions or underestimate what you can actually do.
This year, why not enter the New Year with zero pressure? Instead, be open to the possibility of what the year can bring, be receptive to change and be compassionate to yourself when things don't go according to plan. Having some breathing space will allow you to the time to sit with yourself. Figure out what you really truly want in life and work towards that goal today - not just from January 1st.