New Year, New You? | 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

The end of 2017 is upon us, and that means New Year’s Resolutions. Cue the eye rolls.

Every year people (especially women) far and wide look back on the past year. They check in with themselves about all the goals that they made twelve months ago. Resolutions such as: finally learning how to speak a foreign language, taking a health plunge, getting organized, losing a set amount of weight, reading more, or even resolving not to participate in planning a New Year’s Resolution will cloud our thoughts again as we try to figure out a way to “better ourselves”.

 

We go on crazy diets, join gym memberships, and sign up for self-help seminars in hopes that the new year will bring a new person with it. It’s rather disheartening, in my opinion. There’s actually nothing wrong with any of us. I, myself, have horrible posture, and can get a little too good at procrastination, but change ME? These are things that make me, ME! Realistically, if there was something actually wrong with me, could it be fixed in one-year’s time anyway? Probably not.

 

Why we set ourselves up for failure like this is beyond me. How about we just love who and what we are? What’s wrong with that idea? I understand that there is always room for improvement, trust me. I am constantly working on little things whether it’s a long-term career goal, a milestone I want to hit as a blogger, or just being more professional in my work life. But why wait until the new year to make a start with full force? And for that matter, why is all the work we have done in the past year just inconsequential now?

 

Each year I’ve found that I ask myself if I even want to take a crack at a New Year’s Resolution. Every time I decide against it in order to keep from putting undue pressure on myself.

I have a better idea.

 

Let’s try something other than a yearly resolution (generally followed by failing at it by February, and then kicking yourself when that summer body has not made an appearance), shall we? How about we resolve to love the progress that has gotten us to where we are? We should acknowledge all of the blood, sweat, and tears that formed this wonderful person who is here now. Let’s resolve to never stop improving. To constantly make goals, and not just yearly ones. To make realistic goals instead of empty promises.

 

Perhaps we trade out “losing fifteen pounds” for “find creative ways to fuel up the body and mind every morning”. It is more realistic to try letting go of one small bad habit at a time. Keep inching towards the end goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day, there’s a reason that the phrase stuck.

 

This coming year…I promise to stop comparing myself to others and instead to compete with myself. I am where I am, which can be hard to accept but, that’s where the growth comes into play.

 

No, there will be no new V in 2018. Will there be a new you?

 

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20 Comments

  1. December 28, 2017 / 5:11 am

    Loving the idea of appreciating what we have been through instead of focusing on “New Me”

  2. December 28, 2017 / 6:23 am

    I definitely believe in year-round progress and continual improvements. Always a good reminder to set a pace.

  3. December 28, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Just want to invest more in myself to grow and become a better personality and invest in more lives.

    • December 28, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Wishing you all the best Rawlings! I hope you keep seeing improvement. Let me know if there’s a way to show support.

  4. December 30, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    I agree! I had though a NY resolution 3 years ago – to cut unnecessary consumption and it now has become something I do naturally – so I am glad for that one 😍

  5. December 31, 2017 / 2:03 am

    Goodness, I love this and couldn’t agree more! Yes we should always be evolving and improving but changing who we are? Nope!

  6. December 31, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I try to improve myself every single day. Working more, thinking nice though, and appreciating every single day. Every day is a gift and a new beginning to me.
    Veronika
    https://brunettefromwallstreet.com

  7. December 31, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    My resolution for 2018 will be to make each day the best day of the year with my rewards everyday as well 🙂

  8. January 1, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Loving the idea of shaking one bad habit at a time! Makes any transitions a lot easier concentrating the focus on certain areas. Makes a difference. Awesome post!

  9. January 2, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to set goals as we go throughout the year. To make resolutions for the New Year can put so much pressure on and can set you up for failure.

  10. Stefan
    January 3, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Super helpful! Love the image/pin. Makes it really easy to set goals and follow through with them instead of just setting and forgetting. Thanks!

  11. Ashley
    January 7, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    These are such great pointers!

  12. Janiece
    January 7, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    You said exactly what needs to be said. We are always progressing and improving (I hope most people do) and that doesn’t or shouldn’t be ignited by the presence of a new year approaching. Just carry on with bettering yourself despite the year new and love the process and the “You” you are now. We are all a work in progress. Also, I love your reference to Rome, as states a mighty point!

    • January 7, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Glad you liked it, Janiece! And very well said, a little self-love never hurt anyone. 🙃

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