The importance of making realistic New Year’s resolutions

Yup, it’s that time of year again. With the ending of one year and the beginning of another, chances are you’ve been seeing and hearing a lot about what people’s New Year’s resolutions consist of.

Personally, I don’t give a deuce what other folks’ resolutions are, but if you so wish to share with me, I’ll try my best to be receptive and give the impressions I am very much invested in your goals.

I’m not someone who typically makes New Year resolutions, arguably because I find them, so often, to be unrealistic and impractical. So many of us adopt a somewhat aggressive attitude once a new year makes its debut and grab the concept of resolutions by the balls. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. However, it becomes a bad thing when we set goals that are insanely unrealistic and, simply put, are unattainable, because once we allow ourselves to acknowledge how unfeasible some goals we set are, we become discouraged and often revert right back to what we were trying to avoid.

I think New Year’s resolutions would be far more effective if more of us made them more easily achievable. For example, if eating a healthier diet is a resolution, it probably isn’t the best idea to become a hardcore vegan immediately into the New Year if you’re someone who could possibly identify as a carnivore. Rather, slowly transforming eating habits until you’re at a point in which you’re comfortable with going vegan is probably a better route to take. If your goal is to quit smoking, it may not be the best idea to quit cold turkey and run the risk of murdering everyone in close vicinity to you. But, if you start slow and incorporate other methods to assist you in quitting, like the patch or Nicorette gum, you likely won’t end up committing capital murder out of agitation.

Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

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