For as long as there has been a concept of a “New Year,” there have been New Year’s resolutions. The new year brings in a fresh start, a blank slate upon which people can rewrite the stories of their lives. In one night, a person can turn turn their lives 180 degrees around and become the best that they can possibly be. Of course this is the absolute best case scenario, but it is by no means impossible.
The resolutions people make are amendments to aspects of themselves that they deem inadequate or that could be improved. Most resolutions involve things that could actually make their lives easier and more fulfilling. Things like weight loss, being more social, and having a more positive attitude are a few of the more common resolutions that people make every year. There is only one problem: people tend to throw out and forget their resolutions rather quickly.
There is no unspoken rule that says you have to wait for New Year’s to roll around to make a change. The only reason I can think of as to why people do it then is because it’s symbolic, and last time I checked, symbolism doesn’t necessarily mean results. If there is dedication behind a goal, it can be undertaken any day of the year, no matter how big or small. So, if your New Year’s resolutions are already a distant memory, start new today. But this time, set a definitive measurable, realistic goal with a plan of action.