Now Is The Time For Those New Year's Resolutions
Start writing a post
Student Life

Now Is The Time For Those New Year's Resolutions

Your resolutions were rigged off the bat.

28
Unsplash.com
Bethany Legg via Unsplash

How many people have we seen abandon their New Years resolutions by now? Why is it so hard to stick to these commitments? The fact of the matter is that if we have to wait until an arbitrary date to better ourselves, we aren't truly serious about self-improvement. The only logical way to view a new year's resolution is as glorified procrastination.

For a student, a new year's resolution is fairly analogous to putting off homework until the day it's due and then wondering why it's such a drag to get it done. If a student like myself wants to complete homework with drive and motivation, we first have to become the kind of person who tackles it as soon as it's assigned. This is no different than a New Year's resolution. Going to the gym, eating healthy, and kicking vices are matters of so much importance that learning to address them immediately is critical.

Instead of focusing on what issues we need to improve upon, perhaps our primary focus should be "how can I turn myself into the kind of person who is driven to tackle these problems without delay."

2018 was a year of unparalleled growth and improvement in my life, and the changes didn't begin on January 1. I spent the beginning portion of 2018 constantly thinking about the fact that I have been lazy and undriven to create substantive change in many parts of my life, willing to settle and be satisfied for less. After spending an extended period of time reflecting upon this, I, over time, built up my willingness to change the way in which I approach my flaws. Once I had decided wholeheartedly that I needed to make improvements as I identified them, self-improvement became a lifestyle in and of itself. Eight months ago, I began going to the gym and have had no desire to quit. I became far more conscious of nutrition, I've tackled several vices which I had become a slave to, and I cut toxic people out of my life.

Life often seems burdensome, inherently filled with too many obligations. We often quit on our resolutions because they begin to feel like an extra set of challenges; more infringements upon our freedom in an already difficult life. The reality, however, is that the greatest infringement upon our freedom in life is a lack of self-control and motivation to overcome our vices and conquer the tasks which lie between us and success.

Don't let an arbitrary calendar date based on your revolution around the sun determine how you improve your life.

Regardless of what day of which month today is, the next 365 days of your life begin today. So if you've failed or are struggling with your new year's resolution, start a new one today, one that can be the foundation for countless others.

Resolve to become the kind of person who tackles their problems with drive and without delay.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Haunted Houses For Halloween In New Jersey

The Top Scariest Haunted Houses In New Jersey

27115

Residing in New Jersey enables you to participate in various activities, and everyone has a favorite. In New Jersey, Halloween is also celebrated in a spooky way. There are many scariest haunted houses in NJ to celebrate Halloween. If you want to confront your greatest fears, Halloween Scariest haunted houses are ideal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me

67042
https://unsplash.com/photos/O0T1SIgHAfM

As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.

119049

Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.

134989

As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

107276
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmWuCgJmxo

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments