No Resolutions: The Arguments Against a New Year’s Tradition

Think about the full year

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A marathon runner who sprints out the gate is almost sure to fall behind later in the race.  The same could be said of resolutioners.  You’re pumped up on adrenaline; excited by the prospect of the big change you’ve announced.  But the days that follow aren’t as exciting.  In fact, many of those days will probably be defeating, disappointing, and downright crushing.  Keeping up the momentum from January 1 is a difficult thing to do.  Once your results don’t match your enthusiasm, it becomes harder to stay committed.

Instead of going crazy at the top of the year, maintain your goals all year long.  Writer Lev Raphael believes firmly in the no resolutions approach.  He works on projects all year, as he’s seen one too many a friend fail miserably while attempting to achieve some lofty goal.  “I haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution since I was in college, because they’ve always struck me as a bit like lines drawn deeply in the sand,” he writes. “Bold and dramatic and exciting.  That is, until the tide comes in and washes them away.”