Should we be ditching New Year's resolutions?

It's almost a right of passage into the new year-- taking out paper, writing down a list of resolutions, only to forget about that new gym membership 23 days later.  We've all done it, and while a new year is nothing but a continuation of infinite time, it does lend itself well to a fresh start.  But...

I'm going to be honest with you.  I do not make New Year's resolutions (gasp), and here's why.  Yes, every year is a fresh start, a time to try something new, improve yourself, eat better, run faster, lift more, write more, draw more, love more, love harder... but so is every month.  So is every week.  So is every day.

Imagine how disappointed you feel year after year, making resolutions only to forget them over the next few weeks.  I know how it feels, I used to do it too, both for my business and personally.  It never failed.  I would stop writing regularly by February.  By March, I hadn't seen the gym in weeks.  By April, I'd be eating Taco Bell three times a week.  And I felt defeated.  

If you treat each day as a chance to start fresh, missing the gym yesterday doesn't feel like such a big deal.  You can go today.  Feeling too overworked to write for the past week doesn't feel like you failed. You can wake up tomorrow after a good night's sleep and write.  There's no continuous cycle of, "Well, I haven't run all month-- what's the point of running today?"

You don't need resolutions to do what makes you happy, to do what makes you healthy, to do what you've always wanted to do.  Our lives get busy, resolutions are broken, and it happens.  It is ok.  We wake up tomorrow, and we try again.  

Tomorrow, I'm going to write more.  Tomorrow, I'm going to drink more water.  Tomorrow I'm going to read a book I've always wanted to read.  And if I don't, there's always the next day.

What are your personal and business goals, and how can I help?

CR