Well, it’s that time of the year again. And, as I sit here listening to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” I find myself thinking about new year’s resolutions. Personally, I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions. Now, that may be significantly due, in part, to the fact that I usually already have myself pretty much together at any given time. But, it may also be because, for one reason or another, I’ve just never bought into the whole idea of using the approaching new year as a crutch to lean on while making false promises to myself about how everything I don’t like about myself is suddenly going to change simply because a new year is upon me.
It’s an all too common story that you’ve heard a dozen times over. Your professor wants to lose 20 pounds. Your girl’s dad wants to start exercising more. Crazy Billy wants to drink less. Your roommate wants to focus on building up his calves. And, you? Well, you want to seriously start devoting more time to your studies. Sounds familiar, right? Of course it does.
But, fast forward three months into the fresh, new year, and your professor is fatter than ever, your girl’s dad is still on the couch, crazy-ass Billy is still constantly hammered, your roommate is still wearing pants to the gym, and the only thing that you’ve been studying since the new year began is the hot blonde who sits one row over from you in your intro to psychology class. You know what I’m talking about.
New year’s resolutions set you up for failure. They’re a myth. The whole concept is bullshit. New year’s resolutions fail for the same reasons that rehab fails for those individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol…a lack of commitment. If you are serious about making a change in your life, you need to set a goal, layout a plan for achieving that goal, and execute your plan. And, this can be done at any given moment, hour, day, week, or month throughout the year.
But, simply waiting for the end/beginning of the year to roll around and then half-heartedly, without any real commitment what-so-ever, stating that you’d like to “start eating better” is total bullshit. There’s no commitment there…no sense of urgency. There’s just a hollow consolation. Why wait for the new year to make improvements in your life and in yourself? Do it today. We hear this all of the time, but there may not be any tomorrow. And there certainly may not be any new or next year. So, no matter what time of the year it is, get up off of your ass, and make the positive changes in your life that you’ve been meaning to make. You got this brah!