I don’t want to be a buzz kill nor do I want to bring anyone’s hopes down. I do however have a serious problem with telling the truth. The truth is that most people do not follow their New Year’s resolution for more than a month.
Instead of asking everyone for what their New Year’s resolution is this year, I wanted to share with you my opinion on the topic.
Why I find that New Year’s resolutions are useless.
Most New Year resolutions are False hope.
I’ve noticed that people love to alleviate guilt by promising themselves some ridiculous and unattainable amount of success as a resolution. I have heard big spenders talk about eliminating all of their debt as a resolution. I’ve had friends tell me that they’ll never use their student credit card again. I’ve hear it all.
In my opinion, I think that a New Years resolution creates a serious false sense of hope.
It feels good to have something to look forward to. Whenever I spend money foolishly I create a false sense of hope by telling myself I’ll offset my financial mistakes by earning more money with my blog. This doesn’t exactly work out. I need to address the core of the problem instead of creating hopeful unrelated solutions.
Resolutions are a waste of money.
My old gym was always empty. I once asked the manager how the place is still open. He simply told me that the gym’s profitability isn’t dependent on who comes to the gym. The survival of a gym depends on those that pay for their gym membership.
I have noticed over the years that January is the busiest time of the year in the gym. There is just a plethora of newbies dropping weights, leaving weights on, not wiping after themselves, and being flat out ignorant to the gym etiquette. After a month, most of these people are long gone. Their ONE YEAR gym membership offer has either already been paid for in full or is being charged to their account monthly.
A gym membership is by no means a waste of money. Not using your gym membership is the waste.
Slow and steady wins the race.
When in doubt always take the next small step. You don’t need to go searching for New Year resolution ideas. Anyone can eliminate their credit card debt. Anyone can figure out how the stock market works.
Why do we feel the need to create some sort of a “big bang” at the beginning of the year? The key concept that we forget is that it took us many years to get to the point we’re presently at. One day or a beginning of a year won’t change years of neglect. You can drastically improve your situation by making a conscious decision to change. Just don’t expect to solve all of your problems on the 1st of January or on any one day.
Seriously what does January 1st mean? Why don’t you start working out TODAY? Why wait to quit smoking?
I am 100% guilty of this. I alleviate guilt and feel good about myself when I plan to start an exciting new challenge in the near future. The last few years I have been working on kicking myself in the rear end.
It took me forever to launch Studenomics. I was writing articles on my computer for months (which also took the longest time to start). I was going to do a “mega launch” and go all out for it. Then one Friday afternoon I was planning my evening and it hit me that I will never get anything done if I keep on delaying things. That afternoon I read through articles on how to start a blog, chose the first decent looking theme I saw, and Studenomics came into existence. The exact date was November 7th. Nothing glamorous about the day but that’s irrelevant because nobody cares about the actual day that it started.
Can you all please do me a personal favor? Don’t wait to start something. Do it right now. When you do please leave a comment here to share your experience with us.
I am challenging all of you to do something you’ve always wanted to do, RIGHT NOW. You don’t need a New Year’s resolution to tell you what to do.