Reframing New Year’s Resolutions


Every year on January first, the world goes through a perspective shift. This is not the year that you may have just trudged through. This is not the year that had flown by. This is not the year you got married in or graduated in. The new year is untouched and unknown. With this new sense of hopefulness, we begin to set new goals and aspirations. Our society is famous for starting the new year with zest and then rapidly losing the zeal as the year goes on. Our extravagant goals are typically dropped within a few weeks of the year. So how do we solve this problem? 

Perhaps we can solve this problem by not creating these large, often-unattainable goals. Instead of these large goals, we can create smaller daily changes. Instead of going to the gym every day, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Instead of planning on getting all As, raise your hand every class period you have a question. Instead of setting aside 30 minutes a day for meditation, wake up and do not immediately look at your phone. Set aside time to take in the morning, the new day. Treat every day as January first. As we begin another semester and year, make a small decision that benefits you. 

2020 is now in full swing. I wish you all the best in this new semester, new year and new decade. Your resolution is not over because you miss a day or even a week. You may just need a slight alteration to your original plan. Good luck with your small, daily changes.