This is a viewpoint I’m hearing a lot of recently. People say that if you want to make a change in your life then you should just do it. Waiting for some arbitrary day to get started is just a sign of weakness and an excellent procrastination tool.
While I understand that thought process, I don’t necessarily agree with it. I think plenty of people manage to change their lives all year round without the extra push of the new year. But, I do believe that the idea of a clean slate, a sparkling new year that’s full of possibilities, can be extremely motivating. It gives people that extra push to go for what they want. Setting goals with clearly defined dates and measurable results significantly increases the likelihood of completing them. And yes, the majority of people don’t follow through with their resolutions year-round. According to the New York Times, 1/3 of people will give up by the end of January and another fifty percent’s resolutions will be a thing of the past by July. But even if you only keep it up six months or three weeks, at least you attempted and you improved yourself that much.
Maybe humanity shouldn’t need this day to jump-start a “getting better” process, but I’m a firm believer in anything that helps or motivates people to do/be better. So, even though I’ve never actually stuck with one through December 31st, I will always have New Year’s resolutions and I will always approach them with as much gusto as I can manage.