Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of people participate in the decades old tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions and every year hundreds, if not thousands, of people will give up achieving those resolutions.
Efficient people may give up on their resolutions within the first week so they can get on with their lives without the added stress and there are those little cockeyed optimists that may actually hold out through the end of January before they throw in the towel.
As the saying goes out of sight out of mind and never does that appear to be more truer than a couple of days or weeks after New Years. You will always have people in distress over seeing these resolutions posted on their bathroom mirrors, their desks at the office or on the refrigerator. Finally the pressure will get to them when they just can’t take the guilt anymore of failing to stick to these resolutions. Some may throw the piece of paper into the trash, burn it in an ashtray or a fireplace or delete them on their computer, phone, etc.
Poofies. No more guilt and no more constant reminders about what you wanted to accomplish in 2013.
There will also be people who still hold out hope that these resolutions can be conquered and throw the paper in a drawer or make a file on their computer/phone only to change the year from 2013 to 2014 11 months from now. These may be the same resolutions that they’ve been making for over 15 years, but you still have to admire their determination no matter how fleeting it is.
So why do people give up on their New Year’s resolutions so easily?
Just like so many thought-provoking questions in life there really is no one answer, but there’s no harm in trying to nail one down is there?
A few people will tell you that they only did it out of tradition or habit which is the same thing. Others will tell you that they do it every year because of pressure from family, friends and colleagues. They would probably blame the invisible pink rabbit sitting in the corner if they thought that people would buy it.
You will have people say that they have busy lives due to work, family or educational responsibilities and that there just wasn’t enough times between that, trips to Starbucks, watching the Eagles game at the local bar, going to the gym or watching a weekend-long marathon of Sex in the City/The Walking Dead/Beevis and Butthead/House Hunters.
Even more people would like you to believe that these resolutions they made (and have probably made the same ones year after year) were just so dauntingly intimidating that they didn’t know where or when to start. Don’t bother reminding them that there was this thing that was invented called the internet that has answers to every question you have and some that you didn’t have.
There’s always a couple of people who will say that they tried to work on these resolutions daily and it became really difficult because they didn’t feel inspired despite posting quotes by famous people or doing daily affirmations.
Most people eventually learn in life that there’s only so much help you can give people. There’s not too much you can do with someone who’s a conformist who just follows the herd, people who can’t multi-task or believe they can when they can’t and who go through life making excuses, or people who get easily intimidated by deciding on what goals they wanted to achieve.
However, people who lacked the inspiration can be helped because everyone at one point or another during the course of their lives needs a little mental and emotional pick-me-up.
The great thing about resolutions that are made at the end of the year is that it’s a season of renewal and hope. It’s also a time of reflection so the inspiration is all around you even if that inspiration comes from an unlikely source.
Just like Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and Jane Austin inspired people to get fit, Martha Stewart inspired people to beautify their home, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired people to be united; to believe that there could be a world of peace and forgiveness, and the women’s movement inspired people to make a stand for equality, there are some people who might even inspire you to at least maybe keep one of your resolutions.
There were 10 people who passed away in 2013 that could serve as great inspirations to people who either want to make changes in their lives or they want a whole make-over. It was through their actions and determination they showed the world that one person can really make a difference.