Re-reading a 365-page book of life
The first month of the year feels amazing. People are often inspired by the hope the new year signifies and they promise themselves to change for the better. New Year’s resolutions are self-made vows to address major or minor flaws that people have observed in their lives. Call it “spring cleaning for the soul.” But the traditional annual declaration to drastically change for the better is often said in sarcasm, and it is no surprise that such statements are rarely ever carried out. But perhaps there is a simple improvement: to seriously consider the beneficial impact these resolutions could truly have.
For most people (yes, this includes me and you), February hits harder than the absolute wreck we’ve made of our resolutions. The familiarity of these annual failures can help us realize that the problem doesn’t lie in the resolution; the fault is ours. We allow ourselves to become blissfully numb to the willful motivation to better ourselves that we experience at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of every year. Over time, we lose the confidence we had to fulfill these envisioned goals.
To keep from discouragement and disappointment, people should remind themselves each day of the reasons behind their resolutions. The harder we engrave the declarations we’ve made into our minds, the closer achievement becomes with every step.
“I reflect back on my goals at the end of the day and consider if I made progress,” said senior Brian Jung. “It helps me stay focused on moving forward.”
Furthermore, a positive mindset can lead to progress. We often let ourselves give up after realizing that immediate success is more difficult to achieve that we may have anticipated. Realistically, there is a high probability of falling back into the habits that we resolved to cease. But instead of attacking yourself with guilt during these moments of weakness, meditate on the idea that these resolutions aren’t meant to make you feel bad, but rather to feel good about the steps you’ve taken to progress as a person and become a happier you.
Don’t forget that the whole mantra behind these resolutions is simply to become more aware of our own characteristics as the years progress. Said senior Momachi Pabrai, “I’m not a fan of Jan. 1st resolutions. Why not create goals throughout the year?”