Why I Think New Year’s Resolutions Are, Well, Lame AF.

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At least for me.

I’ve never really been keen on doing yearlong resolutions I’ll make either on December 31st or first thing when I’m kinda awake, kinda sober, kinda coherent on January 1st.

And I’m supposed to keep these resolutions all freakin’ year??

It’s not that it’s impossible; anything’s possible if you put your mind to it. But let’s keep it one hundred for a moment – do you honestly believe you’re going to make a list of resolutions (people usually have many) and hit those goals all year?

Probably not. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I liken my stance to those who say they’re going to lose weight this year. They join a gym within the first week of January. They’re hitting it every day after work and maybe a couple of times during the weekend.

And then they miss going once. Then once becomes two days in a row. Then it becomes a week. Then it becomes, ‘Eh, I’ll start up again next month!’ Their goal to lose weight is kaput by Valentine’s Day while you’re still paying off Christmas debt.

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It reminds me of a couple of my friends. They set goals this past year. They even had a vision board to make sure their goals would be hit. They were excited. Their excitement made me excited for them!

And come the summer…goals were kaput. Neither one of them attempted to do any of the goals. It was as if they both collectively said, ‘Fuck it’ and kept pushing. So naturally…they’re excited about this year’s goals again.

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I think for people who are serious about New Year’s Resolution and have a solid track record of hitting them, doing resolutions are great. I think for the majority of us, who are well, let’s keep it one hundred once again, lazy AF, hitting a resolution you set way back in optimistic January is usually long-forgotten about come staying cozy October. By the time it’s too-cold-for-this-bullshit December reaches, it’s time for another list of resolutions you’re going to make and not hit.

The cycle continues.

So, what’s my solution to this long post of bitching and complaining? Make quarterly goals. Each quarter contains three months. 90 days. That’s plenty of time to set a goal or two (or 10) and hit as many as you can. Whatever you’re not successful with in one quarter, can be pushed back to another quarter.

The kicker is, however, that whatever goal you push back in one quarter, it has to be achieved the very next. You don’t want to become New Year’s Resolution Fail now. That’s not the point here. The point is see you achieve and be great. You deserve nice things. Let’s get it!

My resolutions for the upcoming quarter are simple:

  1. Pay off at least one credit card.
  2. Save 10% of each paycheck.
  3. Create another stream of income.
  4. Lose 10 pounds.

It sounds simple enough but it’s going to take a lot of work to hit each goal. But I’m willing to try.

What are your goals for the upcoming quarter?

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