New Year, New Me


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New year’s, the time when many individuals set up a new list of rules or routines they want to follow in the upcoming year. Many call these resolutions; although some call them different names for one purpose: they might not get these things accomplished if they call them “resolutions.” As people are, we like to put a stigma on things that don’t need to be there. Resolutions are one of them. I have heard many opinions on them such as they’re pointless, an excuse to procrastinate on things until the new year, and much more. New year goals, 30 day challenges (which, if followed through make a habit, which can lead to much longer than 30 days), and project 365 are examples of these new names.

Online, I have seen numerous people agitated by the idea of new year’s resolutions. They argue that if someone wants to fix something, he/she can do it anytime. They don’t have to wait for the new year. To them, the new year is an excuse to put something off until that certain date. This may be true for some, but many see the new year as a fresh start: the perfect opportunity to try something new or reach a new goal. It gives them that extra push, some more motivation.

This is the time of year when the phrase “new year, new me” is thrown around way too often. There are memes, discussions, and jokes about this phrase as not many people do end up following through with their resolutions (or whatever you want to call them.) This year, I have seen something different. “New year, same me,” a joke that came from the original phrase. It’s funny and for most people, very true since hardly anyone follows through with their new year goals.

A reason for this is setting too high of standards than one can reach. We all do this at some point, but when it happens with resolutions, it’s a death sentence for that goal. Let’s use the number one most used resolution as an example: losing weight. The problem with this goal is that it’s way too broad. Maybe having a resolution of losing five pounds, going to the gym once a week, or cutting out chips from your diet would be better. By narrowing it down to small goals, eventually you will get the big, main goal accomplished. Of course, in order to lose weight, one needs to do all these things. The best way to get it into your routine is to introduce them one at a time and make the habits one at a time. Once you have one accomplished, move on to the next.

Whether or not you agree with new year’s resolutions, I think most people can agree they can be very beneficial if done correctly. If you are working on a few, take it slowly and try your best to not lose motivation. Even if you don’t want to go to the gym on a certain day, go anyway. You’ll thank yourself for it later and it’ll feel good and rewarding. Take it one step at a time, and i’m sure you can reach your new goal.


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