It’s that time of year again where we tell ourselves some of the most expensive lies we’ll ever come across. The time of year where we awaken from a booze-induced coma and make bold proclamations about our health, habits and whatever else starts with an ‘h’ that fits this train of thought. “New Year New Me” we proudly post on our pages. ‘This year will be different’ will become our mantra for the next six to eight weeks until we’re back at it again with our white vans.
Why do we do this? Why do we continuously feed ourselves such blatant lies in the name of self-improvement? Don’t get me wrong, I’m an advocate for growth. If we didn’t grow as a species, I’d probably be the first to be picked off by the snake overlords but that’s a story for another day.
I’d like to think that the idea that a new year is somehow significant has given us a very warped view of this time of year. It is almost like we forget that we still carry the same memories with us as we boldly step into the dark abyss that is the future. The memories we seem to forget the most are the memories of the same time the previous year so we still have people hiking up the gym prices in the one month we’re all broke.
If you are going to make these outlandish decisions then this is what I suggest. Firstly, let go of the delusion that this will be instantaneous. We live in a fast-paced world but breaking bad habits is not something we can do overnight. Anyone that tells you otherwise is either lying or they know something that no one else does; more often than not it’s the former.
Secondly, if this resolution has anything to do with quitting “this” or “that” then prepare yourself for a relapse. We as humans aren’t very good at letting go of something that we’ve reinforced for quite some time. The longer you’ve fed the habit, the harder it will be for you to leave it. If this is one of those “let me pick up a good habit” type of things then reinforcement is imperative.
Lastly, you should try to tell your friends what your plans are so the fear of ridicule can keep you on the straight and narrow. If that doesn’t work then get friends that do what you want to do. The company you keep is a good indication of how well it’ll go.
Of course, this is all entirely dependent on the assumption that you didn’t choose poorly.