Why Make Resolutions?


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It doesn’t seem like making New Year’s resolutions are as popular as they once were. Or at least they don’t seem to be talked about as much. Anyway, I don’t hear them talked about anymore, outside of the media, anyway.

This could be for a number of reasons:

  1. Why make resolutions when you know in your heart of hearts you will break them before the month is out?
  2. Guilt feelings for anticipating having broken them.
  3. Embarrassment for having told others about them, and then knowing they know you’ve broken them.
  4. Irritation or embarrassment at their ribbing you for having broken them.
  5. Loss of self-respect or esteem for anticipating having broken them.
  6. Knowing that you are only going through the motions and that you have no real intent on keeping them.
  7. Guilt because you know you aren’t serious about them..

I’m sure there are other reasons, but these will suffice.

My question to you (and me) is: If you know you’re going to break your new year’s resolutions, why make them in the first place?

My second question is: Why wait until the beginning of the new year to make resolutions, especially if you know you’re going to break them anyway? You can break them in July as easily as in January.

Better yet: If you are serious about making new year’s resolutions, why wait until the beginning of the year, which may be ten months away, to make them? By the time January comes around, you will likely have forgotten all about them.

My advice to you (and me) is: Make a resolution whenever you feel an intense desire to do so. That is the time to make them. After all, a resolution put off is a resolution likely never made.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beverley
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:37:09

    very true – we should make a resolution to change for the better whenever we get the desire to do so.

    Reply

    • Cris
      Jan 07, 2014 @ 14:42:41

      I recently read a blog about resolutions that made a distinction between resolutions and resolve. He equated making resolutions to wishful thinking, which never works. When one has resolve to change, that is when change can happen. That’s it in a nutshell. I’m thinking of asking him permission to repost on my blog. It was very good. Thanks for checking things out.

      Reply

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