Why I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions

It is the start of the year and with every new year comes a whole bunch of dreams and hopes for a good year ahead.

A new year also signals a wave of resolutions to be set. Things like wanting to lose weight (again), eat healthier (again), find that special someone (again).

But all of us know all too well how quickly resolutions die down after just a week or two.

However, unlike the rest of the world (except maybe a dignified few), I take my resolutions seriously and have always been a fan of them since I was 14 (I’m 21 now).

So, why am I a fan of New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. IT SETS THE COURSE FOR THE YEAR
    All of us have many goals/dreams that we want to achieve and some are dreams that we’ve held on for years. Furthermore, as we live through life, more and more of such dreams occur to us, piling up on the long list of things we want to achieve before we die. Therefore, by prioritising certain goals/dreams at the start of the year, we are able to focus on what truly mattered to us and work towards them for the rest of the year, putting everything else on hold.
  2. IT’S A CALMING EXPERIENCE
    To me, goal setting is a calming experience. It allows me to bring myself to the centre stage and bask in the limelight even for just a few minutes. It helps to refocus my thoughts, ideas, dreams and aspirations, and what I truly want (not what others want). It allows the individual to refocus life on himself (or herself) and give themselves 100% of the attention. Furthermore, the ticking off of checkboxes is such a motivating feeling and drives you further to achieve those long-term goals.
  3. DEFINES WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE
    I’m using the word ‘define’ pretty loosely here. Of course, mere resolutions are not things that should define you, however, I believe that resolutions are more like spices and condiments that add flavour to your life. By setting resolutions, I believe that it gives us a peek into who we’re going to be in the future and that motivates me to work on those said resolutions.

Those are just a few of the many other reasons why I have always been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. May we set good ones and strive hard to achieve them by the end of the year.

P.S.
I think people set resolutions that are doomed to fail. They will set resolutions that are not considered and thought of deeply. They did not spend time pondering and reflecting on what they really want and instead set resolutions that came off of the top of their head.

We need to think of resolutions less of a wish but more of a work-in-progress.

Stop wishing, start hustling.

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Year-End Anxiety

As the year slowly comes to an end, there seemed to be a rush to cherish every single moment of 2016, a rush to ensure that every moment is spent wisely.

For me, ironically, it seemed to be a rush to ensure that I have rested adequately before the new year begins.

I mean, it totally is something expected, seeing that this holiday I was (and still am) busy with projects and whatnot thus, not really getting real, true slacking time.

I mean, I just have this urge to ensure that I am energised and ready to go for the new year but obviously, this anxiety just prevents me from doing just that.

I’m just afraid that when the new year rolls around, I will still be my tired, exhausted 2016 self. That is something I desperately want to avoid. I want my 2017 self to be fresher, more clear-headed, and motivated.

I have several things left to do before 2017, but I’m going to make sure that whatever is left of 2016 is not wasted and that I can start the new year fresh.