As December, a month of holidays, eating, and overindulgence comes to an end, January 1st arrives and so does a “new year, new you” mindset. This brings a whole host of suddenly motivated individuals with resolutions. More often the aspiration is to lose weight or make adjustments to ourselves on one day- January 1st. Every 365th day, commemorates a fresh wave of people all looking to live a better life- whatever that may be. But why is January 1st the national day of motivation? Resolutions aren’t required for emerging into the new year. Time is independent. This should not be the only day we feel enough energy, enough inspiration, enough desire, to accomplish what is ours. This ritualistic tradition does have a curse, though. Forbes magazine calculates around 8 percent follow through on their resolutions. January 1st provides a harsh deadline of exactly 364 days; the date until the next tsunami sweeps up its victims into the recurring trap, this time for a new goal. Is the date the curse? Instead of setting goals for the sake of a tradition, goals should be made out of motivation which does not come annually. Sticking with a resolution takes persistence and determination. Making smaller goals within your resolution can increase progress by planning out deadlines that can hold yourself accountable. But you know yourself, if it is something you are passionate about then don’t hinder yourself or let others do that. Break the tradition, make your goal on January 2nd. If you have made a failed resolution before, break it up, make a smaller one, or make a more realistic one. In the diverse age of 2017, accepted standards and old customs are being pulverized and reconsidered and so can the New Year’s resolution. Today is a perfectly good day to make a resolution, and so is tomorrow, as is next week, as well as the day the revelation hits you.
by Jaci Stickrod