1. A firm decision to do or not to do something synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan;
It is once again that time of year, where we all decide we are going to get skinny, eat healthy, stop spending money, stop drinking or any other number of things people come up with every single year in the days leading up to the new year. They sound like a good idea at the time, but in a week or maybe even a month, they go out the window and we say, “Well, maybe next year”. I don’t believe you need a new year to make a start at something. I don’t believe in resolutions. I believe in getting things done. Yet we all do it every year, it always goes something like this:
Resolution: “I’m going to get in shape” – In which gyms flood with people and become over populated for the first two weeks of the new year. People set their alarms for 5 AM, get their ass out of bed and go to the gym, only to fight over the last available elliptical machine.
Fast Forward: Within the next weeks, 80% of people (strong guesstimate right there) are hitting the snooze button and saying, “I’ll go tomorrow” while the once busy elliptical machines now sit lifeless. And the pattern of failed New Years resolution continues.
Resolution: “I’m going to eat healthier” – In which the produce sales skyrocket and people get back to the basics – meat and vegetables (or other forms of protein should you go the veggie route).
Fast Forward: People start to realize that meat and produce are expensive AF. And those tacos at the food truck on your lunch break, look a hell of a lot better than your salad with the vinaigrette you have had for the last week. And instead of having a single cheat day, we all binge on our favorite foods and say “I tried, maybe next year”. And the pattern of failed New Years resolutions continues.
Resolution: “I’m going to drink more water” – In which you go buy a fancy water bottle that will motivate you to get in all that healthy hydration. You fill up said water bottle 4 times a day while getting a few extra steps going to the water fountain… Its a win win!
Fast Forward: People accidentally leave their fancy water bottle at home and suddenly drinking water changes to drinking your weight in coffee, and for some reason the coffee machine is always closer than the water fountain. And the pattern of failed New Years resolutions continues.
Resolution: “I’m going to stop drinking” – In which you quickly realize how much you actually drink once you tell yourself you can’t. Which leads you to drink vodka sodas because its basically the same thing as water right?
Fast Forward: You realize vodka sodas taste like ass and decide to go back to your old ways. And the pattern of failed New Years resolutions continues.
You all know the pattern, and its gotten to the point in which we all pretty much scoff at the idea of the “New Years Resolution”. So while I don’t believe in said resolutions, I do think that the idea of the New Year brings some reflection to different parts of our lives.
So here is a list of my Not so New Years Resolutions:
Do more listening and less talking • Stop making time for people who don’t have time for me • Make less excuses • Schedule me-time and never miss a meeting • Use vacation days for actual vacations • Stop taking myself so seriously • Cut my student loans in half • Do more yoga • Spend time with people who make life better • Be happier • Listen to more music • Expand my horizons • Don’t box myself in with mindsets and ideas • Be better •
So there you have it! Whether you really are motivated to make a lifestyle change, or want to make daily decisions that add up to more permanant changes, I suppose the New Year gives you that extra boost to do so. But in case you fall into the pattern of failed New Years resolutions, remember that you don’t need the New Year to start back up again.