By Marie Fernandes |Staff Writer|
Making New Year’s resolutions is a waste of time.
We should focus on making goals to make ourselves happier and our lives better.
Change has to be spontaneous instead of planned.
“I feel like making a New Year’s resolution is pointless because no one sticks to the ones that they make,” said Alexis Lopez, a CSUSB student.
We are setting ourselves up for disappointment and leaving ourselves vulnerable to our own insecurities if we make on definitive resolution at the start of each year.
Simply labeling our goal as a New Year’s resolution puts a tremendous amount of pressure on ourselves right from the beginning.
Most people feel as though their New Year’s resolution has to top those that their friends or family made for themselves, but the resolutions that we make should not serve the purpose of trumping others.
The outdated practice of making a New Year’s resolution is in dire need of a bold and exciting reinvention for all of our sakes.
We should rethink what we have originally been told about on how we should approach the start of a new year.
We should go into the New Year with the mind set that we are going to set a few achievable goals to complete by summer.
We should not forget to challenge ourselves to get outside of our comfort zones by setting more difficult goals for ourselves that can be achieved after summer.
The importance of self-improvement can be reinforced with a list of realistic, attainable and simple goals.
To help ourselves get outside of our comfort zone, we should try new foods, spend time alone, disconnect from technology for a few hours, say hi to a stranger, make a new friend or even go on a date with someone who is not necessarily our type.
By setting one or a few reasonable challenges for ourselves we will feel more motivated to complete them and to improve ourselves at the same time.
Everybody should focus on how to make themselves feel better by writing down a list of possible goals in order to make these goals feel more concrete.
To keep ourselves motivated throughout the year, we should take a picture of our list of goals for the year and set it as our background on our phones so that we will always have a reminder of things that need to be done.
Another suggestion is to tape a list of our goals to the mirror in our rooms or bathrooms so we will see it every time we go in those rooms.
These two actions alone will motivate us to push ahead for the all of the goals that we deserve to achieve.
We not have to make a goal to lose 25 pounds.
There are still more than 11 months left to make great things happen. Just remember to keep things fun, exciting and simple.
The change in our mind sets and approaches towards our new goals will make the true difference in our lives that a New Year’s resolution could not.