New Year's resolutions—we all make them, but do we always keep them?
Usually the resolutions are simple enough, from the usual "I vow to work out more" to "I’ll read more books." to the odd "I’ll quit [insert vice here]!" The common goal is almost always rooted in self-improvement. Which can work in your favor... or against you. Hear us out!
We can’t even count how many times someone has said, "Welp, guess my new year's resolutions failed." or "Guess I’ll try again next year!". Constant self-improvement is never wrong. In fact, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself! But the reason most people feel that their resolutions for the new year fail is because you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to outdo yourself or because your resolutions aren’t feasible for your life.
You are constantly growing as a person. But growth isn’t always linear. One day you could make a life decision that brings you ten steps forward towards your goals—and on another day, you might feel like you’re back at square one. It’s part of life. But once you’re overly critical of yourself for not changing, you’ll never be satisfied with your growth.
There is nothing wrong with being the same person you were last year (or the year before that!). The only time it’s bad is if you’re actively unhappy with your life and not doing anything about it. You know what we mean? As long as you love the person you are and try to be a better version of yourself, that’s what should matter. Not trying to be a whole new person every year.
So, the moral of the story? Don’t worry if you’re not hitting every New Year's resolution. Stop trying to compete with yourself and just let yourself grow in whatever direction works for you! Life is too short to waste time worrying about things that don't work, focus on the good instead. Trust us, positive thinking and speaking your wants into the universe will always work in your favor.