Why you don’t need a New Year’s resolution

Posted on 13/01/2016 by Shalini Menon

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the New Year began and most of us beginning to powering through our ‘unique’ New Year’s resolutions. Whether it be losing weight, applying for that job, asking for a promotion or going on that date, everyone has their dream. That one thing that they can do in the next 352 days which will change their life. But why?

Why do we glorify the end and wait desperately for a beginning? Why do we cling onto the hope that in just 365 days (at the stroke of midnight on some random date), we will….what? Suddenly change everything about ourselves that we don’t like and transform into the type of person we all think we should be?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it! On the 31st of December (at the stroke of midnight), I also gravitate towards changing the child within me into the ‘perfect adult’ – but why do I do this? Why should I do this?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against change. I do believe we must all strive towards personal improvement (both physically, mentally and emotionally), but maybe, just maybe, we are going about it the wrong way. As Carl Rogers once famously said “the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Personally, I would like to think he had a point and (hopefully) you all agree with me? So how about we try something different this year? Seriously it’s not too late, we’re only 13 days into 2016!

Come and join me random reader who took the time out to read this ‘eureka moment rant’ (I salute you!), in the biggest resolution of all: let’s vow to not change one damn thing about ourselves this year! Let’s instead make 2016 the year we love who we are and who we will be. Why? Because it’s like good old Carl Jung once said:


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Comments (1)

Sindhu says:

Interesting opinion Shalini. I am in complete agreement. What started off as an idea for a “fresh start” has taken on Herculean proportions of achievements and goals. And yes, the herd mentality then takes over. I am glad to see you decided to think differently and taken this head on. Wishing you the very best for your blog. The first blog has to say the least made quite a splash 🙂


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