Why Making New Year’s Resolutions Is A Waste Of Time

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Why Making New Year’s Resolutions Is A Waste Of Time

 

I hope that you are enjoying 2018 so far. Today I am going to be sharing about “New Year’s Resolutions” and why you should stop making them!
There is nothing magical, spiritually significant, or special about the first day of January except the significance that we ourselves attach to it. I like to remind myself that the Gregorian calendar is man made and was a reform of a previous calendar (the Julian calendar) which was itself a reform of the Roman calendar . There are also in use many different calendars (the lunar calendar, Igbo calendar, Hebrew calendar, the Chinese calendar, etc) in use, side by side with the Gregorian. The point I am making is that you do not have to “make new year resolutions”; you do not have to fall into despair at the end of the year; and you do not have to wait until the first of January to make the changes that you need to make in life.
January is however, a convenient time to set goals, and, the span of a year is a good time to review those goals you set(depending on what they were). However, new year resolutions are a total waste of time.

Why?
1. A New Year’s resolution is not a strategy or plan.
2. A New Year’s resolution leaves you with nothing by way of action steps.
3. A New Year’s resolution does not provide you with accountability
4. A New Year’s resolution presumes that there is only one time for change.
5. A New Year’s resolution can keep you in your comfort zone.
6. Once broken, a New Year’s resolution tends to stay that way.
7. A New Year’s resolution does not take into account the amount of mindset work needed for change.
8. A New Year’s resolution can often be uni dimensional and not take into account all the moving parts that it might take to bring a project, goal, or dream to pass.
9. In times of discouragement, a New Year’s resolution cannot stand on its own merits.


Instead of making New Year’s resolutions year in year out, and not getting anywhere, write out your goals. Write out a plan to achieve them. Get some accountability. 
You see, when we are in school our teachers hold us accountable for our homework, assignments, and classwork. In your job, your boss holds you accountable with supervision, a paycheck, and even threats of being written up, or losing your job. People are also held accountable at work through other incentives. In business, clients hold you accountable to deliver on your promises. Who holds you accountable for all the work that you need to do for your life to go on: following your dreams, staying fit, surrounding yourself with right relationships, finding new sources of income, eating the right foods, staying on track spiritually, etc., etc. 
 
A written plan, a practical well-thought-out strategy, and accountability will serve you where a new year resolution will not. This is where life coaches come in. You will get so much further with the coach then you will do on your own. There is no need to spin your wheels any longer. If you do not actively make the choices that you want, you will end up living a life that you do not want.
If you would like to work together with me to help you live well, balance your life, help you be accountable, and pursue your dreams fearlessly, book a session below.

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