The year is over, and a new year has begun. As usual, I don’t have a resolution. It has never been my style to lay out a New Year’s resolution — and I have held that position with resolve.
I don’t understanding waiting until the new year to make a change to your life, or to push further toward a goal. I know the new year is a signifier of change and it refreshes the ambition, but I’ve never cared for all that. It’s been my experience that most New Year's resolutions I — and others around me — made didn’t last long when that feeling of refreshment wore off.
That feeling of refreshment isn’t going to always be there. In fact, it’s likely not going to be there often. In its place, one is more likely to find a feeling of burn out and apathy. The drive and the ambition either comes, or it doesn’t, but for me, it’s more likely to come out of bad feelings than good.
I’m not going to attempt to eat better or work out more because I feel refreshed at the new year. That won’t motivate me. I’m might, however, be motivated to do those things if I look in the mirror and am not happy with what I see — or maybe I won’t.
I’m not trying to make the case that I am an ambitious, go-getter. In most aspects of life, I’m really not, but the point I’m making is that doesn’t change at the new year. I’m as unlikely to quit eating cheeseburgers January 1 as I am July 4 or October 31.
Drive is often born out of fed up-edness. So if you’re fed up with something right now — so it just happens to line up with the new year — work to change it. But if you get fed up with something in August, don’t put it off, start chipping away at it then.
It’s silly to set a resolution for a year. Resolutions should be set day-by-day to work toward what, where, who you want to be. I’ve found it’s a much more manageable method.
And on the subject of day-by-day resolutions, I’ll leave you with two I think we can all add to our list. One, to be more kind each day than the day before; and two, to speak up more for those among us whose voices often go unheard.
Small steps, day-by-day, can get us all to a better spot.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.