New Year’s resolutions should inspire year-round changes

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Every year, as Jan. 1 rolls around, people make lists of things they would like to change or improve on. And every year, by March 1, those resolutions have been long forgotten, with nothing to show except for good intentions a perhaps a week of dedication.

New Year’s resolutions – and New Year’s resolutions alone – are absurd. They are pointless, empty promises designed to trick a person into believing that he or she better this year than the year before.

If a person really wanted to change his or her behavior or lifestyle, would he or she wait until Jan. 1 to start?

The fact that people are willing to wait until a prescribed date to begin change is proof that their dedication is weak and that is less of a priority than they might like to admit.

Resolutions are great in theory. It’s awesome that every year we, as a society, give ourselves the chance at a clean slate, a chance to start all over and become better and brighter versions of ourselves. But we should not wait for this specific day to roll around every year in order to make necessary or desired changes in our life.

We should constantly be re-evaluating our lives, looking for ways we can improve ourselves and better the world around us. That is the spirit that  the new year attempts to embody.

At most, New Year’s Day should be a time of reflection and celebration of the changes you have already made or have at least begun working toward.

My resolution for 2014 is to try new things. Yes, I recognize how cliché this is, but bear with me.

In years past I have declared all of the things I plan to do once the new year begins, but by the first of the year, my dedication to the cause has already faded and I find that my motivation to actually change fades even quicker.

This year, I decided not to wait until January began to try new things. Over Christmas break I went on a rollercoaster that I have been afraid of since I was 10, tried many new foods – most of which I actually enjoyed – and shot a gun for the first time.

I am so grateful for all of these experiences and I know that had I waited until Jan. 1, many of these experiences would not have happened.

Life is not about waiting for things to happen, it is about going out and doing what it takes to achieve your dreams. Making and keeping resolutions are a means to that end and, as such, should be acted on immediately.

Yes, it is true that some things take time and it is important not to act rashly. But there is a distinct difference between acting impulsively and immediately dedicating yourself to a task or cause.

If it means something to you – whether that “it” is losing weight, saving money or finding a job post-graduation – you should not wait for someone to give you the OK to start working toward that goal.

If you made resolutions for 2014, do not lose motivation. Spend each day actively pursuing your ultimate goal, whatever it may be. If you did not make any resolutions, or you have already lost steam, do not give up or wait for next year to make a change.

Start today.

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