Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Overrated

I’m sure I’ve already pushed your buttons, especially if you’re gearing up for another year of January gym sessions. But please hear me out.

Every year, I see it all over my newsfeed: people saying “New year, new me.” They make long lists of lofty ambitions for the upcoming year.

But does that really help them?

There isn’t anything wrong with making resolutions. I understand the idea, but if you know that something has to change, why the hell would you wait until the new year to do something about it? Do you know if you will even make it to the new year?

The truth is, life is short. Even if you are in perfect health and live in a sanitary, safe bubble, that doesn’t guarantee that you will have a long life. Have you seen all the crazy shit  happens every day?

There are murders, crimes, and innocent people losing their lives. You could walk down the street, and some asshole could run you over. I don’t mean to sound harsh or scare anyone, but we often fail to realize how short our lives really are.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. The clock keeps ticking, and time never stops. Life isn’t going to wait around for you. Instead, you have to make life happen. While you’re waiting for the next year to start improving your life, someone else is facing death and counting down their last minutes. Someone else didn’t even get to wake up today. While you are doing nothing, waiting to change your life, someone else wishes they had more time. Yes, you are here today, but you could easily be that someone tomorrow.

Do you know when the perfect time is to start fresh?

Every morning when you open your eyes.

Each day that you get to spend on this earth is the perfect time to work on becoming the best version of yourself and  improving your life. Every day you have a chance to put yesterday behind you and start over. So, while you’re  here, gain the most you can from life. Commit daily to self-improvement.

January 1st isn’t the only time to start anew; there are 365 equally good days to change your life. Today, start making the changes you need in your life. Start working on the goals you want to achieve. Do everything you’ve put off for too long. Stop waiting around for that symbolic “reset day,” and start making plans, instead.

After all, there shouldn’t be a specific start or end date for improving your life.

Once you achieve your goals, make a new list and find more things you can improve. There’s so much to accomplish and learn every single day.

I challenge you to do something every day that will bring you closer to reaching your goals. Don’t wait for the new year; just try to do better today than you did yesterday.

Originally published on Mitzi J Hernandez

Featured image via Ian Schneider on Unsplash


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