There are so many benefits to setting goals in life. When we set goals we have a sense of direction. There is something quite different about new years resolutions though.
As a new year rolls in we can't help but find ourselves in a pensive state of mind. This time of year has a habit of encouraging us to look back, analyze and set goals for the better. Better health. Better finances. Better relationships.
Many of us cannot help but look towards a new year with a sense of hope. It feels like a fresh slate and a chance to close one chapter and begin another.
There are so many benefits to setting goals in life. When we set goals we have a sense of direction. It helps us to break things down and decipher a path that will hopefully take us there. At the very least it helps us to simply begin which is the very first step but often the hardest to take.
There is something quite different about new years resolutions though. In many ways, they can be quite damaging. Here are some of the reasons why we are pretty happy to leave our goal setting and resolutions to the times that really matter.
Give Yourself A Break
Christmas can be a really stressful time of year. By the time January arrives most of us are physically and emotionally exhausted so this is possibly the worst time to add any more pressure to your life.
Resolutions Can Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
The problem with new years resolutions is the fact that most of them never actually happen. We set goals, expect too much of ourselves and are then left with a feeling of failure or falling short. Save yourself that pain and don't make resolutions at all.
They Are Usually Quite Negative
A lot of us tend to make resolutions that pertain to our appearance or financial situations. Both of these areas are quite superficial and highly triggering.
They Don't Set A Great Example For Kids
New Year's resolutions tend to be connected to guilt in many ways. It's as though we've enjoyed ourselves a little too much and somehow need to apologize or punish ourselves as a result. Is it possibly teaching children that treats and joy must be followed by guilt and hard work?
It Does Not Promote Mindful Living
When we are so focused on our future goals and resolutions we are neglecting to enjoy or truly experience the present moment. There is a lot to be said for just focusing on today.