New Years Resolutions: Pointless or Full of Potential? 

Over the past few days I have seen a number of posts on various social media discussing 2015 and their goals and resolutions for the new year. Alongside this I have seen a fair few posts about why people aren’t setting New Years resolutions. I wasn’t going to post my resolutions on here mostly because it took me a little while to figure out what they were but recently I’ve been considering people’s attitudes towards the new year and it prompted me to write a post.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and beliefs and can choose to take part in as many or as few traditions as they like. However when scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress I have noticed that a lot of people who choose not to set themselves New Years resolutions seem to sound slightly patronising or self-righteous when stating their reasons. Whilst I agree that you should try hard to better yourself all year round, sometimes posts can appear dismissive of others who decide to see 2016 as a fresh start and set themselves some goals.

Whilst there may be a few gym memberships that don’t get their money’s worth or some diaries that don’t get more than two entries before their writer gets distracted, I can’t see what harm setting New Years resolutions can have. I think having goals to work towards and ideas of milestones you would like to hit this year is a good thing to have in mind and will give you a positive target to work towards. If you don’t manage to hit your resolution it’s not the end of the world and there will be plenty more opportunities that come along that will allow you to try again. But if you do achieve your resolution then more power to you!

So with that in mind I’ve set myself three main resolutions (pre-warning: they’re nothing out of the ordinary)

  1. Be Positive – As vague as this sounds, one of my resolutions is to try and approach this year with a positive mindset. I’ve struggled in the past to look past the negatives of a situation which ultimately achieves nothing so I’m going to try and see situations from a more positive perspective and be more aware of how my attitude can affect myself, the situation and others.
  2. Continue to blog – I’ve really enjoyed the two months I have been blogging and I want to continue to blog throughout 2016. I want to learn more and interact with other bloggers whilst providing content for people to enjoy.
  3. Be Healthier – I know, yawn. Everyone says it but I feel like if I write it down and share it with the world it might help me stick to it further. I want to drink more water, lose weight and become fitter with the one of my main motivators being my graduation in 2017. I don’t want to look back at photos of me and my friends in our graduation suits and wish I had lost weight because those photos will inevitably end up on display somewhere in my mum and dad’s houses. Quite a few of my friends are trying to become healthier this year and hopefully doing it together will help motivate us and keep us on track.

What are your resolutions? Good luck and Happy New Year!!

(Also the picture is from New Years Eve celebrations, where a random stranger embraced the chins with me and Hannah!)

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5 thoughts on “New Years Resolutions: Pointless or Full of Potential? 

  1. Thanks for stopping my blog. Your goals are noble! And, I agree it is good to set them. Your post made me wonder if My January Rest has a tint of dismissiveness (I hope not.) Great words to make people consider how their words come across. Best wishes on all your endeavours!

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  2. I think those are great goals! I dithered too, about goal setting, then read something about appreciating all the stuff you have done/accomplished/survived/etc., simply to get to this day. So I gave myself a review of what I did, took dad to chemo, washed mom’s hair, kept it together, all the adult-in-the-room stuff that had to happen. And when I do set some more goals, I’ll be gentle with myself. As we all should be. Be well, my friend.

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    1. I just read your post and it sounds like you’ve been through a lot but I love your humble and open attitude. It’s important to take time to realise what you have achieved and to not be hard on yourself when things don’t go completely to plan. I wish you all the best!


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