Conscious Thoughts

Conscious Thought: Why I Don’t Make New Years Resolutions

Written by Izzie Berry

Year after year on January 1st, most of the people around me ask ‘what are your New Year’s resolutions?’ And when I dare to respond with ‘none’, people automatically assume that I think of myself too highly to make them, when in reality that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

When I have previously made New Year’s resolutions I never stuck to them, which then gave me an overwhelming feeling of guilt, that I had already failed something so soon into the New year. So why would I want to put that kind of pressure on myself? I 90% know that I will not keep to the resolutions I make, so, in my opinion I’d rather make goals throughout the year rather than 2/3 ‘resolutions’ that, most likely will not be resolved.

Similarly, so early  into the new year that I am supposed to be making resolutions for, how will I know that they’re the right ones for me? Because most of the time I’ve just sparked some cliche proclamations such as ‘I’ll eat less chocolate’ in a bid to sound one, healthy and two, motivated. When in reality, two hours after saying that I would have already eaten a large bar of Cadburys or Terry’s Chocolate Orange. My point is, how do I know that these resolutions that I’ve made on the 1st January will fully benefit me throughout the entire year.

I am the type of person who would rather see how the year is going, then make changes and little goals for me to achieve throughout the year. Rather than putting a certain level of pressure on myself to try and stick to resolutions.

I heavily applaud those who are able to stick to a resolution they made at the beginning of the year for 365 days, but if I’m honest I am yet to come across someone so strong willed!

Have you stuck to a resolution you made for a whole year? What kept you motivated in doing so?

About the author

Izzie Berry

Aspiring journalist with a love of all things beauty.