New Year’s resolutions: pointless or purposeful?

New Year’s Resolutions for 2020. Photo courtesy

Everyone knows when the clock strikes midnight on December 31 a new year begins, however, for some it also means creating a new list of new year resolutions.

People set goals such as saving money, stopping procrastination, traveling, exercising more, etc.

The intention is to accomplish everything on that list but if you’re anything like me, certain challenges may be harder to overcome than you may have thought and that’s okay.

Although everything on the list isn’t resolved the first step to making new strengths is identifying your weaknesses.

Making a list of goals and seeing them periodically motivates me to continue doing everything that I possibly can to complete everything on it.

Entering into 2020 I knew exactly what I wanted to improve about myself from past experiences I’ve learned from in 2019.

My most important resolution is to not be so hard on myself and appreciate all the positive aspects of my life.

With only a few weeks into the new year, I’ve still been battling back and forth to overcome this challenge. On top of that, my second most important resolution is to graduate in the fall of this year.

A resolution list appears to be pointless but for me, they’re purposeful, since these resolutions won’t be resolved overnight.

I have 366 days to complete every goal I have on my list for the year. Not only will I prove to myself that I can overcome obstacles, but also that I can follow through with anything I put my mind to.

For some people, new year resolutions are pointless. Writing down a list of goals for the new year isn’t that appealing due to the lack of follow-through.

Wanting to fix anything wrong in your life doesn’t require writing it down and announcing to the world that you’re going to change these things about yourself. It’s about assessing your weaknesses and fixing them in private. People who show off their weaknesses seem like they’re doing it for show.

If you know you’re not going to accomplish the goals you put on your resolution list then why make one? It’s not only a waste of time but a slap in your face that you aren’t seriously trying to change any of the weaknesses you have.

Just like taking notes for class, I’m a visual learner and need to see everything that I need to accomplish. If I don’t write it down, nine times out of 10 it probably won’t get done.

Some people don’t really need to write things down to motivate them, they envision themselves in something and can automatically assess what they need to do to achieve that goal.

In my case new year resolutions are purposeful, but everyone is different.