I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions for a number of reasons. For one, the 1st of January is just another day... the fact that most people put so much weight on a day that has no real significance other than the earth completing its orbit around the sun is kinda ludicrous. And secondly, it provides a magnificent platform that inevitably sets you up for spectacular failure.
But hey, I’m not knocking it, New Year resolutions do work for some. And I guess the advent of a New Year brings some much needed hope to many and on some level we’d all like to believe that this year will be better than the last.
I do however believe in setting goals... both long and short term ones. And for good measure, I only execute those plans and procedures that will help me attain those goals in the second week of January because realistically speaking, nothing of substance can be achieved on New Years’ Day. One year, my cousin decided to give up chocolate as one of her resolutions and we found her head buried in a box of Lindt, stuffing her face with whatever she could find at a New Years’ Day family picnic.
So in many ways, beginning in the second week of January gives me enough time to physically and psychologically prepare for whatever task I have before me. And believe it or not, it helps to have realistic goals too. Like for instance aspiring to save a little money every month will invariably be more accomplish-able than hoping to land a lead role in a movie opposite Cameron Diaz – especially when you’re a 30 something year old parent with absolutely no acting experience or talent whatsoever.
Sometimes, you’ll find you’re doing great with your goals and objectives, and other times – due to changing circumstances and requirements - it won’t pan out as well as you had hoped but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go back to the drawing board to reassess the situation and institute new goals and objectives. Coz some of us don’t fail... we simply explore, experiment and re-evaluate.
But bottom line, it would be folly to become prisoners within the imaginary constraints and boundaries of time. There’s no reason that we can’t accomplish whatever resolutions, goals, ambitions and objectives we set out to achieve on New Years’ eve, on the 2nd or 3rd of January... or even on the 15th of March. All we really need are the cahoona’s... balls of steel, drive and determination... and the willingness to make certain sacrifices, and we could do whatever the hell we wanted to :)