In the days leading up to and immediately preceding the New Year, everyone talks about making resolutions, choosing words of the year, or setting goals. For the past three days, I feel I’ve been bombard with questions like “What are your resolutions?” “What’s your word of the year?” “What are your goals for 2020?”
I’ve never been a big fan of this yearly tradition. Mainly because while I might feel good, even empowered, when I state a resolution/word-of-the-year/goal on December 31 or January 1, I typically fail to live up to whatever I said I had planned to do.
If I haven’t already failed my goals by the following week, I will completely have
forgotten put them aside by the end of January.
I admit, I have never successfully completed a New Year’s resolution. Heck, I don’t think I even made it to mid-year.
Some people do really well with making resolutions, committing to a word, or setting goals. They may even go as far to create vision boards, write journals, or post regular check-ins. They have a goal or a focus and they work towards it. And I applaud them for it.
But it’s not for me. Much like my attempts at daily journaling or writing regular blog posts.
And you know what? That’s okay.
Instead, I have simply decided that each year, I will strive to be my true self. I follow my heart. I find my passions. I try new things. I create. I write. I strive to learn more about my internal self and about the external world. Then at the end of the year, I reflect and see how much I’ve grown, learned, and changed. And for me, that’s much more effective and empowering than following a few stated resolutions.
So I say, to each their own. Don’t feel as if you have to follow convention. Set resolutions or don’t. Just whatever you do, be fearless and follow your heart.