Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Work (and what to do)

Why New Year Resolutions Never Work
Why New Year Resolutions Never Work
Because I’ve reached a new level of insane.

Sucky year or not, it’s time to bust out our New Year’s resolutions again! BYE 2016! You were such a bad year for everyone. That’s okay, we know you didn’t mean to and I’m sure you tried your best. This is that time of the year where my Facebook and Twitter accounts are flooded with New Year’s challenges and what not. That’s right, time to make our new year’s resolutions! /No, we don’t mean 1080p/. You know what we mean, whether it be losing weight, learning a new skill, picking up a new hobby, reading more books, the list goes on and on. We make all these goals and promises to ourselves that we end up forgetting barely two weeks into the year. Here’s the thing: New Year’s resolutions never work for one reason:

You only have a goal, not a plan.

What’s a resolution?

[rez-uhloo-shuh n]

noun
  1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
  2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
  3. resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
Okay, backtrack a little. A resolution is a course of action. It’s something that you do. For most people, the problem isn’t in the goal but rather it’s in not knowing how to get to that goal.

This applies not only to New Year’s resolutions but to any other goal as well. The problem isn’t the goal, it’s the plan or lack thereof. Say you want to lose weight as your goal, and your “plan” is to go to the gym 3 times a week or eat more veggies. My dear, that’s not a plan at all. How will you know how far you are from your goal? How will you measure your progress? Will you keep doing treadmills and just hope that you just shed some inches? Will you eat only salad the entire week but binge on pizza and chocolate once Saturday comes around? The problem isn’t your goal, it’s what you plan to do to achieve that goal.

“Okay, but that’s a tall order from someone who hasn’t even tried it,” you say.

Okay, you win.

To be honest, there are tons of articles on the internet that you can read, so I won’t write about what plans are important etc. Instead, I want to show it to you in a blog format, as it happens so you see what works and what doesn’t, using my own system.

Hi, I’m Celz and I want to use myself to prove a point.

WARNING: This means live tweets, unpolished daily blog posts, low-quality photos. Be warned that as I document this process it will sometimes feel RAW and unpolished. I can promise you one thing: It will be 100% REAL, with all the successes and failures and make you feel like you can do it too. I mean, if a struggling 20-something that juggles college, social life, part-time, extra-curricular activities, adulting, money problems can do it then so can you. 🙂

Join me over the next 2 months as I try to achieve one of my New Year’s resolutions: Learning Korean in 60 Days (while studying Japanese, writing, and doing life in general.) DISCLAIMER: No I don’t have any Korean background, I can’t even read what the Korean letters on the blog graphic say so it might be saying something about Korean BBQ and I’d have no idea what it says — for now.

Series starts January 1, and the first few posts are all about the PLAN! I’m terribly excited. I’m not nervous at all. Haha. Ha. Ha. *squeaky voice* Nope.

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Happy New Year! よいお年を!

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