Monday, December 29, 2014

On New Year's Resolutions

There's something so cleansing and therapeutic about the clicking over of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve. We're all enamoured with the idea of a fresh start, an opportunity to cleanse ourselves of all our bad habits and get a start on the things we’ve forever been meaning to do, work towards the person we’ve always wanted to be.

Why is it that we feel the need for a permission that is higher than our inner selves to put any of these things into effect and start achieving our goals? Why can’t we give our own selves permission on any particular date, at any time? The need for symbolism in order to give meaningfulness and substance is so deeply entrenched in who we are.

Make goals every day, not just New Year’s Day. They don’t have to be huge, but turn your goals into habits and they will become part of the makeup of who you are. Then next year as the New Year rolls around, instead of writing out a list of goals that might seem like an unachievable mountain, celebrate all your successes from the previous year and look at the things they have brought into your life. 

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