Do you bother with New Year resolutions?

Do you treat the New Year like a new slate and make a list of things you want to achieve, places you want to visit and people you want to connect with? And if so, is this a recurring list? Items that you’ve planned to do year after year? Items like lose weight, write a book, learn to play the guitar, visit Mexico, learn Spanish, return to school …

santa strawberriesIf they are recurring, ask yourself why. What is it about them that makes you want them but not enough to actually achieve them.

Could it be that you are afraid of achieving them and then having to deal with success?
Or perhaps you are afraid to try and then you fail? And yet, the refusal to try is silly because 1) you could actually succeed and 2) if you fail, you’ve still learned something along the way, met new people, and grown in one way or another.

Some people make outrageous lists that are too daunting to approach. Others make lists of one or two items that are completed immediately with a whole year ahead and no challenges.

What’s your approach? Do you even bother with a resolution?

If you’ve made resolutions, were you successful in achieving them?

7 thoughts on “Do you bother with New Year resolutions?

  1. No, I don’t do anything like that. However, I do try and sum up the year that just went by in a +/- table. Try to see what went wrong and why in the -column …what I have to be thankful for in the +column.


  2. I wrote a facebook post about this exact topic, people making resolutions but never achieving them. Well, I think people should be productive all year round and not just on new years. I make frequent goals instead of new years resolutions. 🙂


  3. I don’t make New year’s resolutions. Not sure I ever have. But the last few years, I look back over the year that has past with a thankful heart. I also think about new things I’d like to do the coming year or something I want to commit to. Like this past year’s Post a Day challenge. Next year, I have a few goals/dreams , one of which is to be creative on a daily basis. Not quite sure how that will pan out but we’ll see.


  4. I don’t make resolutions because after a very short time they begin to feel oppressive. Rather, I choose a challenge that will in some way make me a better person (better writer, more creative, rekindle a hobby I once loved, healthier body, mind or spirit, etc.) and commit to meeting the challenge. This year it was post a week, and weekly photo challenge. Next year I will be attempting something creative each day. I’m considering continuing the weekly photo challenge, and may add creating one new greeting card per month. There will be other things to come up, but the biggest “rule” of all is NO beating self up if the challenge isn’t done perfectly, or is discarded altogether if not working out as planned.


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