As unbelievable as it sounds, a month from now we will be in the year 2017. Weird, right? Just typing the numbers “2017” feels wrong and anxiety-inducing. Where has the time GONE? It seems like just yesterday we were prepping for the “end of the world” in 2012, and yet here we are, still alive, barely surviving everything that happened in 2016. It’s times like these when I begin to worry about all of the hopeful people who are planning their 2017 resolutions. I am here to tell you that you need to stop making those New Year’s resolutions. Like, now.
I know I sound dramatic, but hear me out! I get the appeal of the whole “new year, new me” thing, but there are actually a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t be making resolutions for January. I know, I know, you want to start off 2017 with a brand new mind set and a “ready to take on the world” attitude. Great! The thing is, it rarely works for most people. And honestly, you shouldn’t feel the need to change your entire lifestyle just because we are entering yet another year of existing. You have your whole life to do new things, and setting goals for yourself for the year can be a little overwhelming, especially if you don’t end up achieving them. So, if you’ve been debating on what your 2017 goals will be, check out these reasons why you actually shouldn’t make a resolution, and start thinking really hard about what you actually want to do.
You Feel PressuredWith the New Year comes an insane amount of pressure from basically everyone in your life to change things. When everyone around you is making goals to get a new bae by the end of 2017, or to start eating healthy, it can be hard not to give in and want to set some goals of your own, even if you don't really need to. You feel the need to start over with a whole new outlook on life. While that can sometimes be good, change isn't always necessary. If you are happy with your choices and your life, you shouldn't feel pressured to make some New Year's resolutions. Just keep doing you! Image Source: iStock
You Might Just Get Let DownThe reason New Years resolutions rarely work is because people get crazy with them by setting huge goals that are actually quite unrealistic. If you do this, you're probably just going to get let down, which is discouraging. You'll end up feeling like a loser by March because you didn't achieve something big. Avoid making such huge, life-changing resolutions. If you want to make some sort of change, focus on smaller goals and manage your expectations. Image Source: iStock
Goals Can Take Longer To Achieve Than You ThinkNot to underestimate you, but you probably won't be able to fix the world in 2017. Not every resolution can be achieved in 12 months. Giving yourself a set time do get something done just makes you stressed when the end of the year comes and you haven't done it. With resolutions, we often feel pressure to complete them quickly. You shouldn't feel that pressure - you should be taking your time. Image Source: iStock
You Shouldn't Feel The Need To Wait Until January To Make ChangesI can't tell you how many times I hear people say things like, "I need to be healthier. I'm just going to wait until the new year to start." Okay... but why? Putting something off like that isn't helpful, it just keeps you from your goal. Instead of waiting for the new year for a fresh start, do it when you feel ready. Image Source: iStock
It's Bad TimingIf you're in a part of the world where it's nice all year, then January must be nice for you. For a lot of the world, January is gross and cold. Why would anybody want to make a goal during the dreariest month of the year? Making a resolution to join a gym in January just sucks. Who wants to actually leave their bed in January? If you really want to make a resolution, start it in the spring. Image Source: iStock
You'll Waste MoneyIf you notice, around this time of year, a lot of gyms offer specials and discounts for people who want to make it their resolution to start working out more. Most likely, you'll end up signing up then forget to go ever again, and waste some money. Or you'll make a resolution to dress better, spend hundreds on a new wardrobe, but stick to your own clothes for the whole year. It happens! Image Source: iStock
You're Not ReadyWhen I was a junior in high school, I made my New Year's resolution to finally get my license. Unfortunately, I was straight up not ready to drive. I was afraid of cars and hated going fast. But I took the test anyway and...I failed. If you're not ready to do something, do not make it your resolution. I once had a friend who told me her resolution to lose her virginity. I'm sorry but, no! Just because it's a new year does not mean you will automatically be ready for anything and everything. Image Source: iStock
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