I’ve talked before how I don’t really like to make New Year’s resolutions and I’m reminded again why I feel that way. I always feel a bit blue in January because the holidays are over and winter will be going on for the next few months. I just want to ease into normal life again and get back to my routine. However, there seems to be an intensity behind the idea of resolutions, renewing yourself, tackling goals, setting intentions, etc in the first few weeks of January. It’s everywhere and while I myself believe in goal making, manifesting and intention setting, it feels too much for me personally. It feels forced and I know that a year is a VERY long time which makes me realize that the first few days of January are not always representative of how the year will be. That level of pressure can be too intense.
In years past, I always felt guilty for not being more amped to “take on the new year” “tackle all my goals” “hustle, grind, work hard, etc”, but realized this year that I have to do what works for me. I prefer to get myself back into the swing of things after the holidays, get through the letdown of it being over and find my routine again. Once that happens and a few weeks have gone by, I can see what sort of things I want to work on and what goals I have for myself both short term and long term. If there is anything that getting older has taught me, it’s to do what works for me. Not anyone else. Some people really thrive when setting resolutions, resetting their entire year on January 1st and going full force into achieving their goals. That doesn’t work for me and all that matters in the end is that I reach my goals and accomplishments. I see each day as an opportunity to reset or change my course, which feels less constricting than using January 1st as the only starting point.
I would love to know your thoughts on goal setting especially when it comes to the New Year. Do you like a clean slate on January 1st or do you find it overwhelming to set resolutions at the beginning of the year?