Why I Don’t Do New Years Resolutions

How many times have you heard it?

“I’m going to lose weight this year.”
“I’m going to stop smoking next year.”
“I’m going to see my family more this year.”

These are all GREAT New Year’s resolutions, but in my opinion, it’s all a load of codswallop.

Scanning around the internet, one article suggests just 8% of people stick to their resolutions. Another suggests 80% fail by February.
Whatever the stats, the success rate is lousy. Even gambling on a fruit machine has better success rate!

 The definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

Albert Einstein

If you’re planning on making a resolution, hands up if you still honestly think you’re going to stick to it?

So why do we have New Year’s resolutions?
My research tells me that “the ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago,” making “promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.”

Sadly, today’s world doesn’t work like it used to.
Our modern society filled with consumerism seems to be more focused on reversing the effects of self-indulgence and even perhaps reversing symptoms of greed and laziness.
Wow! I even surprised myself with how harsh that sounded.

Marketing pushes products on us that promise to make our lives happier, slimmer, richer, fitter, healthier, easier, blah, blah, blah……

Forgive me, I’m coming across rather negative here.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people shouldn’t be taking action on improving their lives but I do get confused as to why there is so much hype around the New Year and the ‘New Year New You’ bullshit. Surely it’s just a cunning marketing ploy?

I have a friend who says he’s going to stop smoking. He’s been telling me he’s going to quit smoking in the New Year since November. Good on him.
But! Why didn’t he quit the day he decided he wanted to stop? What was the benefit of waiting?

I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution for years. To me, January 1st is a day like any other – another brand new, shiny, exciting day filled with opportunity.

I tried the New Year’s resolution stuff in my younger years and I fell into the 8% stat, failing miserably. I’ve been saying I’ll stop swearing since 2008! I still swear like a trooper, although I have replaced shit with sugar lumps which I’m quite proud of.

There’s some science behind goal setting, why some people fail and others succeed. There are articles scattered all over the internet, but I’m going to say JUST GET ON WITH IT!

Most of us are fortunate and privileged enough to wake up every morning and have our day filled with choice and opportunity. Let’s make the most of that instead of waiting for a date in the calendar.
Surely it’s like a bungee jump – the longer we wait, the harder it gets?

What are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions?
Do you do them? Have you succeeded in the past?
Tweet me! I’d love to hear what you think.