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The year is almost over, which means one word keeps popping up over and over again—resolutions. Each year, you vow to exercise more, get ahead with meal planning and give up whatever vices you can’t seem to shake. But have New Year’s resolutions actually ever worked out in your favor? There are lots of reasons to set goals, but also some reasons why you might consider skipping this annual activity this time around.
1. You’re Not Doing It For the Right Reason
Maybe you truly want to become a master cupcake baker, but perhaps you’re making this resolution because your close friends are making resolutions, too. Think about whether you’d really like to be known as the best buttercream frosting creator of all time, or if you’re just trying to keep up with those around you.
Also, New Year’s resolutions be more competitive. Are you worried about going to the gym more often than Linda in the adjacent cubicle? Do you want to cook more meals at home because your spouse said you couldn’t do it? Think about your resolution, and if you’re really trying to complete it for your own personal growth, or to compete with someone else. If it’s the latter, maybe skip the goals this year.
2. Your Resolution Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself
Many people use New Year’s resolutions as a time to reset habits they’re not happy with. Often this comes in the form of reshaping eating habits. Want to lose weight? Tons of gym promotions are offered in January. Want to feel better in a swimsuit? There are lots of diet plans that tell you now is the time to do just that. However, the problem with creating resolutions—especially ones related to eating—is that they are centered on the negative. Instead of thinking about your resolution in a self-depficating way, like losing weight, reframe the intent to focus on living a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle year-round. It’s not about what you are or aren’t eating—it’s about how you feel about yourself day in and day out.
3. You Planned It At the Party
Be honest. Do you really have time to set mindful intentions that’ll last the entire year during your New Year’s Eve bash? Don’t wait till last minute to set your resolution. If you’re someone who does best when checking items off a list—like resolutions—try setting goals on a day when you have more personal time. Whatever the date, find a time when you can reflect and think about what you really want for the coming months. Having your own personal list of goals that you don’t have to compare with anyone else’s will be more meaningful and, ideally, will encourage you to try harder to achieve them.
4. You Haven’t Considered Your Budget
In theory, learning to snowboard and pickling fresh fruit and veggies from your homegrown garden sounds great. But if you forgot to make a budget for your new project, you might end up quitting due to financial strain. Before you begin any resolution that involves purchases, consider the costs of the items you’ll need.
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5. It’s Not Your Style
Maybe you’re not into New Year’s resolutions but still get suckered into making one every year. If you don’t want to make one, don’t worry about it. There’s nothing wrong with liking your life the way it is. Give yourself time, and don’t worry about making an arbitrary schedule for yourself.
New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the present, but you don’t need a resolution to do so. Follow your heart and your gut instinct this year instead of creating another resolution you’re not truly passionate about.