I make short term and long term changes
I did’t make a list of goals for 2019 that would end up being a “New Year, New Me” philosophy & haven’t done it for the last couple of years now because well, no point. After many years of making New Year resolutions, I have realized they are only exciting for the first month & then after that, I no longer care enough to carry them out or keep myself accountable. I decided instead I would make a list of short term and long term goals for my 2019 & goals that are both realistic and something that I am either very passionate about, already working towards, affordable, something that won’t effect me if it doesn’t happen — meaning if I don’t buy a new pair of tennis shoes within the next couple of weeks, it won’t make me feel as though I lost because I will just set aside a different date to buy them until I can either afford to buy them or need to buy them.
I am not down talking anyone who believes in New Year resolutions because maybe a new year gets you excited enough to stick with your plans — if so, by all means make those resolutions happen! but if not, don’t waste your time following the majority of Americans, instead create goals that are both long and short & don’t make the list too long that it becomes too overwhelming to complete. I personally try to make 5-6 goals each for the short and long term goals . Somewhere in my room, I have a HUGE list of goals but that’s just overall what I want to happen in my life as far as growth and success; something to keep me focused and inspired & it changes always because “life happens”, we don’t always have control over things that happen to us. I think New Year resolutions get people pumped to start on a goal but having a list of short term and long term goals make it easier to stick with a goal (especially if you have it posted someplace where you check on your goals often) and goals can be changed as many times as you would like but New Year Resolutions don’t normally change — they just die off when people don’t like them or don’t want to do them anymore.
Depending on the type of person you are, you may or may not prefer my method & that’s okay but at least I am able to share my own opinion and perhaps it might trigger many of you to give it some thought as well 😀
4 thoughts on “Why I didn’t make New Years Resolution”
Happy New Years! I agree with you. I make sure that I set goals and not resolutions.
Happy New Year to you as well! 😀
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I have a similar approach to goals. I try to keep them broad as in, “spend more time with the people I care about.” It’s more of a focus or intention than a goal. I write and think about them a lot, so I keep them at the forefront and don’t lose focus. I agree, too, that everyone is wired uniquely, and we shouldn’t feel pressured to follow the typical New Year’s Resolution format if it doesn’t work for us. Find your own path. Great post!
Thank you so much! yes, I like how you said “intentions and focus” because I agree, it is more of something I want to put effort into and really bring to the forefront in my life rather than accomplish and be done with it.