Why I Don’t Do New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I never have, and I probably never will. To some people this might be considered heresy, but those are often the same people who make their resolutions and then never keep them.

I’ve honestly never seen the sense in setting fresh goals for each new year. Maybe this is because I always have long-term and short-term goals set already, things that I want to get done and things that need to get done, complete with deadlines (where applicable) and to-do lists to accomplish those goals. I’ve always been pretty proactive at getting things done. I’m a list-maker, a go-getter, a take-the-bull-by-the-horns kind of guy. I hate waiting for things to ‘just happen’ around me, preferring instead to take the initiative and set things in motion myself. For one thing, this gets things done more quickly, and for another, it allows me more control than it would were I to wait on someone or something else. (This is also a big reason why I love being in management.)

I don’t know all the reasons why people set New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s because not everyone is self-motivated and resolutions are the only way to get the ball rolling. Maybe because it’s tradition. Maybe it’s because it sounds good and garners attention. I’m sure these and many others are factors in why people set resolutions. I’ve just never seen a good reason to set resolutions for myself when I already have some very tangible goals for the coming days, weeks, months, and years. Some of them are needs, and some are simply wants. But my list is already written and undergoes continual review and revision.

This coming year has more goals than is normal for me, but that goes with buying a house and land, I think. There is lots to accomplish this year, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. Resolutions? Who needs ’em? I already have more than enough on my plate.

3 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Do New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. I’m such a “free spirit” I guess you’d call it…I don’t know…that I consider the calendar and the new year just things we have in place to run the paperwork of the world. It doesn’t really have anything to do with me personally at any sort of spiritual or emotional level. I’ve certainly made committments that could be considered “resolutions”, but I can’t remember ever having done it on that specific day. It’s not the resolutions that are bad, per se, it’s the naivety of thinking we all make them on the same day at the same time.
    just my opinion!

  2. I don’t see the point, really. If I want to change something, why wait until Jan. 1?

    On an unrelated note… what plugin are you using for the captcha below? Since switching to WP I can’t find one that I like. Do you use any other comment plugins? Sorry for getting off topic.

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