It's sad but true that by January 2nd the majority of our New Year's resolutions (possibly made in a drunken stupor or the haze of a hangover) have fallen by the wayside. The thing about resolutions is that they require resolve, and tragic though it may be, we aren't suddenly and magically imbued with that firmness and determination of purpose on January 1st each year.
Symbolically sure, the first day of the year is an auspcious time for change, as is the first day of each month, or the day of the new moon each month, or your birthday; but making a resolution to quit smoking, lose weight, make more time for yourself or whatever it is that you desire, is no more likely to occur on January 1st than on any other day without the will and commitment to succeed behind it.
Hence our New Year resolutions are largely unrealistic and serve to burden us with unnecessary pressure. And when strangely, we're a week into the new year and haven't completely quit smoking, or haven't lost the 5kg we resolved to, we risk feelings of guilt and failure, and may give up altogether - until next year that is.
So I say boycott New Year's resolutions altogether - who needs the pressure? I am all for change and self-improvement but let's relax into the New Year. Set yourself achievable goals and intentions, breaking them down into small, practical steps and do it today, don't wait for a day that comes but once a year. If you want change make it happen, for the truth is we can all start making changes in our lives, any damn day we like.
So take control of your life and make change happen now, or at least start planning it now. Okay, having said that and keeping in line with the realistic theme, I know Christmas is imminent and with it the allure of overindulgence of every delicious kind; so perhaps bookmark this article and read it again after the silly season. Or if you absolutely have to make a New Year's resolution, how about the resolve to not make any resolutions this year but to set practical goals and intentions on a regular basis?