New year doesn’t have to mean a new you

The Equinox shares its thoughts on New Year’s resolutions

Griffin Ell / Arts Director

Every time a new year is ushered in, people begin to be filled with excitement. This is because they see it as a chance for a bit of a restart and an opportunity to make positive changes in their life. With this idea comes New Year’s resolutions; a promise to oneself to improve their life in some way. 

These can be really valuable in allowing people to stay motivated to reach goals they have been looking to accomplish. By starting on January 1, it can help those who were struggling to succeed before a start with a clean slate. However, just because it is a new year doesn’t mean you have to change anything at all. If you are happy with the way things are, then who cares about making a resolution? 

On the other hand, if there is a behavior you are looking to change, don’t feel like you have to wait until a new year to change it. For example, if it’s September and you want to start going to the gym, don’t wait. Change can be difficult, but with the proper motivation anything is possible. If for you that’s creating a New Year’s resolution, go for it. 

The Equinox thinks it’s truly unfortunate when people cannot see these things through because often times people get caught up in a cycle of failure. This is due to the fact that many people just do the same resolution, quit, and then start again the next year, whether it be losing weight, prostainating less, talking to more people, etc. 

In order to avoid this, the Equinox suggests setting less extravagant goals. Often times the reason these goals are abandoned so quickly is people set unrealistic expectations for themselves. We also suggest maybe having a partner to commit to your goal with so that both of you can make sure each other stay on the right track. 

Rather than setting yourself up for failure, think about how you can improve a little bit from the last year or create a more long-term goal. If you want to set a bigger goal then don’t let yourself get discouraged when things get hard because nothing worth doing in life is easy. At the end of the day, whether you have a formal resolution, long-term, short-term goal, whatever it may be, the Equinox commends you because goals in life are great and they allow you to truly progress.  

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