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In defence of New Years resolutions...

This month, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I left writing my column rather late.

While I had planned to write my musing on the start of twenty sixteen over the festive period, it just didn’t feel quite right. January is not just the start of a new month, it’s the start of a new year and well, with me loving that feeling of glittering potential so much, I just had to wait till the new year finally arrived before I wrote a little something about it.

I’ve seen so many things written this month about how resolutions are silly and don’t work, but here’s my defence on them.

Don’t get me wrong, new years resolutions can definitely be crazy. When I was 17 I wrote a list on new years eve with around 30 resolutions and did I managed to achieve a single one? Course not. However this year, I don’t have many, but I’m feeling extra motivated.  

My main new years resolution is probably one of your new years resolutions, as it’s often the most typical after a few weeks spent gorging up to your eyeballs in mince pies and roast potatoes, which is to try and get healthier. And while I’m feeling super motivated to achieve that goal, I’m being told all around to scrap it.

I’m still super motivated overall, but this attitude is leaving me feeling somewhat deflated occasionally.
No harm is intended in telling people to go easy on yourself, in fact it might be somewhat beneficial in such a gloomy month.

But I want to in fact encourage you to go and delve right in to your new years resolution, or at least one of them. Why not push yourself? Why not get going and give it your all? If you’re feeling motivated to achieve something, don’t let someone put you off with a thousand little excuses.

If you want to eat better but everyone in the office is bringing in all them leftover Christmas goodies, telling you to treat yourself because of how rubbish it is to be in back at worse, don’t indulge.

If you want to start exercising but you keep seeing regular gym users moaning about all the new people that join in January, don’t let them win. Start exercising.

Wanting to take up a new hobby or learn a new language? Stop listening to everybody telling you to relax on the couch, and instead go out and do it.

Achieving a new goal can be tough, but that feeling of accomplishing something long term or permanent is way better than the temporary happiness that comes from pigging out or lazing about. Once it’s done, it done.

One that stone or two is gone, it’s gone. One you’ve got your vocab sorted, or improved your tennis technique, you’ve done it.

A couple of months of a long hard slog is better, than spending the rest of your days wishing you had.
So if you’ve already given up on your dreams and wishes for the year pick yourself up, dust yourself down and don’t let anyone tell you to stop on what you’ve always wanted. The only person responsible your success is you.

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on February 7th, 2018



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