New Year Resolutions

We are still in the first fortnight of 2023 and I have already seen a lot of posts about people’s new year’s resolutions and even heard from some friends about their similar thoughts. It might work for them perhaps, but the last couple of years have changed my perspective a lot, making me more considered about setting my plans and goals that might require consistent improvements in my efforts instead of planning for some sort of generalized resolutions at the beginning of the year.

Before I share some particular reasons, let me just ask you while you are reading this – how many new year resolutions did you set in 2020, and how many were you able to achieve successfully after COVID-19 hit the whole world? Well, we do not know the future at all, so we can expect our plans to be affected by such issues which are totally uncalled for. Agreed. But think of the future-tellers or astrologers who guaranteed their clients about a particular job-promotion or growth in business or promised that 2020 would be the best year for their career. And suddenly, nothing seemed to work. Keep aside the people who dreamt of such good days, but the future-prediction experts couldn’t even predict their own future to be hindered on such a large scale. When such is the scenario of our lives, then why think of something like new-year resolutions instead of working on ourselves in continuation of the previous efforts!

Reasons Why New Year Resolutions Are a Big NO For Me

1. Resolutions can be half-hearted or desperate plans

The biggest question that arises here is that, why is a new-year resolution even required? If the new-year resolution is something that is important and very much necessary, than why would you wait to start working on it only in the new year. If the resolution is not that important, then why even think of working on it from the starting of the new year. Such reasons make it look like more of a trend that we might be desperate to follow. Moreover, there is a strong probability that it may not even be something that is truly needed or wanted, but has just been decided because there has to be something in the list of new year resolutions. Just because it is a new year, it has to come with new year resolutions. This ‘just because’ approach leads to a big-time failure of new year resolutions.

2. Resolution has to be a consistent effort, not a new-year plan

This is directly related to the activities that we do in our lives or think about doing in future, instead of planning for things only when the new year starts. This can be something like opening a new business, expanding the ongoing business, quitting the habit of smoking, working out in the gym more often or may be sleeping at the right time and waking up early. These are some of the new-year resolutions that I have heard from the people around me; new year is taken as a perfect moment to decide such changes. But my perspective is that, if these plans really mean a lot for you, then you would not wait for the new year to start working on them. If you were not ready for these actions before, then you cannot be ready for them in the new year as well. So, the required actions require consistent efforts and not just resolutions on new year eves.

3. New-year resolution might just be a less-thought-of plan, that too full of flaws

A resolution has to be something that leads to your growth beyond all barriers, and for that to happen, the resolution requires concrete plans, support system and immense accountability. A resolution is going to pave a new path in your life, open new horizons and establish new dimensions of success. Such a resolution goes through a lot of brainstorming sessions and thoughts, it cannot be formulated in a day or two as is done at the time of listing down the new-year resolutions. The changes in life are undoubtedly possible, but not just with the help of the new-year spark. The resolution-setting at the time of new year lacks the plans which form the backbone of any resolution. Such quickly-thought resolutions can therefore be full of flaws.

4. Resolutions can end up being unrealistic

This has been observed by all of us, and must have been done by many of us too. In the vibe of the moment, we think of making a very big change in our lives, right away, all at once. It can be something like changing our eating habits completely overnight, or changing the workout schedule the very next day, or thinking of altering our behavior in a short span of time. Some resolutions require constant efforts and cannot be achieved in a particular period. Setting a goal and sticking to the action plan is advisable, but thinking of a specific time within which it has to be achieved can be unrealistic.


These are some of the reasons why I do not believe in new-year resolutions. The reality is that a resolution means a major change in our lives and lifestyles. It requires in-depth self-reflection and a lot more dedication than we had earlier. The best new-year resolution, in my opinion, is to stick to our ethics and goals that we already have rather than thinking of something new without streamlined plans. The ongoing consistent efforts and actions are far more helpful than random one-day plans; these one-day thoughts are hard to call as resolutions because of less or no work behind them.

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  1. Really worthful conclusion about resolutions @Mubarak Sandhu