First, apologies for the late post; it’s a bit after midnight now. I was originally planning to do a longer post today — specifically, a recommendation for a TV show I’ve recently gotten into — but as it’s late, and it’s almost the new year, I figured I’d write this shorter post instead.
We’re all aware of “New Year’s Resolutions,” I’m sure, and we’ve all heard the usual ones: exercise more, lose weight, be nicer to people, et cetera. Resolving to start doing these things at the start of a new year isn’t a bad idea, but I often see it being a problem in practice.
Think about it. How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution and then forgotten about it just weeks — maybe even days — after making it? I doubt there are very many people out there who can say they’ve actually committed to a resolution for more than a few weeks, let alone an entire year. I’m not trying to be cynical here, but I am trying to be realistic.
So, what’s my New Year’s Resolution? It’s not to make a New Year’s Resolution.
Wait, you may ask. If you think New Year’s Resolutions are pointless, and thus you have a paradoxical resolution not to make one, what’s the point of this post?
Well, I’m glad you asked! Allow me to answer your question with a question. Is there a better way to improve ourselves than making New Year’s Resolutions?
Instead of resolving to achieve some goal in the coming year, we should instead wake up every day and think to ourselves: I’m going to be more cheerful today. Or, I’m going to abstain from TV today. Or any number of other personal goals we wish to accomplish. By narrowing down our timeframe to one day rather than one year, our goals become that much easier.
Seriously, whoever coined the phrase “take things one step at a time” sure was right. Problems have an uncanny way of becoming easier to solve when we break them into smaller pieces. So, to sum up my point, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this January, let’s all resolve to take things one day at a time in order to gradually become the best we can be.
And yes, I know that was a paradox.
See you all next year! Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post, in which I will recommend to you a TV show which you may have overlooked and should definitely give a try!