New Year, New Goals, New You?

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What do you do when a new year starts?

Do you start planning your New Year’s resolutions, or do you simply dress up old ones?
Do you bother with goals and targets and new starts and new beginnings?
Is there any point?

Good questions, if I do say so myself. However, I can only tell you what I do.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Not because I can’t/won’t stick to them, although it has to be said that when I did make them, I rarely stuck to them. I don’t make them because I don’t think it’s necessary.

I agree that the start of a new year is a great time to come up with some new goals, but if January is over, is it not possible to come up with goals throughout the year?

I hear July is a beautiful time for goal making.

I already have goals that I created last year. Instead of waiting until January to start them, I began working towards them right away. If I happen to stumble upon a goal or two on January 1st, then that’s fine, too.

We often hear that New Year’s resolutions don’t last.

Who knows whether this is true?

Due to the media’s negative bias, and our own, it is the more negative stories which tend to draw us. So maybe there are many people out there who have stuck to their resolutions like super glue and made unbelievable changes, and we just haven’t heard about them…

But for this post, we’ll stick with conventional wisdom.

One reason I think these resolutions don’t last is because some people don’t really believe in the resolution that they’re making.

Maybe they don’t really believe that they can do it, and so they don’t.

Maybe they don’t want to make any resolutions but feel compelled to do so because everyone around them is making them, so they make one but drop it at the earliest opportunity.

Maybe resolutions don’t last because change is often difficult and it takes time, dedication, belief, (insert your self-development cliché here.)

I like making goals. It gives me something to work towards, but I don’t make them for the sake of making them. If I did, then I wouldn’t get anywhere close to achieving them.

I have to want to achieve something in order to stand a really good chance of succeeding at it.

Accidents do happen, though.

Anyway, here are some things I want to do this year:

I want to self-publish my debut novel.

I want to make some new friends.

I want to be self-employed by the end of the year.

What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions?
Have you made any this year?

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