By Facundo Rodriguez
Here we go again, it’s that time of the year again. A time where we buy into the idea that because it’s a new year we should automatically try to do something different or make some big changes. I get the concept it’s a nice thought, and it sure helps sell things, like gym memberships. Let’s be real with ourselves for a second. I’m sure if whatever you are resolving was so important then it would be been done April, March, or even June.
The thought of ‘New Year-New Me’ is a wonderful concept. But New Year’s resolutions are about as meaningful as waiting until your anniversary to show your significant other how much you love them by buying a big bouquet of flowers. When you could have bought her one every month. Then there is the whole “pile on” effect of adding more resolutions to a list that has never been attended.
If you are serious about change in 2018, the 2017 closet needs to be cleaned out. Firstly a new year is a time to reflect on the past. Look at what has worked in the previous year and what hasn’t. For everyone, it’s not a matter of changing at all. Some of us had a great year. For those people, it’s a time to keep building on those foundations that were crucial. For those who say, “the year’s over already and I haven’t done what I wanted to do – I gotta do something better next year!”, it’s time to make some realistic plans.
It doesn’t matter how important your goal, or how determined you are to achieve it. There’s nothing special about New Years that is going to make you suddenly able to perform miracles.
Every day we wake up, for those employed, and help fulfil the dreams of our employers but quickly forget about our dreams and aspirations. Forget the “promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year’s Day.” Those promises fail because we promise ourselves that we will improve ourselves in one big way without having the correct habits to be able to go through with it. Your resolution should be to put yourself first every day. Every day should be a self-improvement day if self-improvement is what you desire. Don’t start Jan 1., start today. A wise friend once told me, “there is no room off in the schedule, there is only for improvement.”