The start of a new year seems to spin the world in circles. It has everybody questioning on how they can make themselves better this year. It has everybody setting goals for themselves on ways to improve their health, their relationships, their attitudes, etc. But why is it that we as people feel so motivated at the beginning of a new year? Everybody feels so inclined to act upon a new (or old) goal all of the sudden. While it’s good to have that motivation, why is it that we don’t have that same motivation later in the year? How come the year changing on the calendar changes the way everybody suddenly feels about themselves? Is it just because it’s an easy way to suddenly change the way you do something without receiving questions about it? Or is it just because everybody else around you is making goals that you feel inclined to do the same?
I’m not saying you shouldn’t make goals for yourself because I do think that goals are good. Goals help you achieve something that you want. Without goals and an idea of what you want the end result to be, you’ll never start. You should always be trying to make yourself better. But how come the new year brings that burst of motivation? Why can’t people have that same motivation in march that they get on January 1st. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that it’s a new you. You don’t automatically change once it strikes midnight and everybody is yelling “Happy New Year!” You’re still the same person you were 2 minutes ago. While you’re constantly evolving, you’re never a “new” person.
Personally, I know that if I made a goal at the beginning of the new year, I would find myself doing it for a week, maybe two, maybe a month but then I would start to slowly get myself further and further away from that goal. Since this is the case, why would I set a goal for myself at the new year just so I have an answer for when people ask me “what are your new years resolutions?” when I wouldn’t keep up with it. The answer I might be giving could very well be a goal I have for myself but unless I actually have that real motivation, I won’t stick with it.
It’s so good to set goals for yourself. Goals are great and you should constantly be making goals for yourself, but you should challenge yourself to be making those same goals all throughout the year. You should have that same motivation for yourself at any given time in the year. You should constantly want to be making yourself the best you can be. But a new year on the calendar doesn’t have to mean a sudden burst of motivation. If you don’t find that motivation at the beginning of the year, don’t set a goal just so you have an answer to a question. Set the goal when you’re ready to actually make a change.