Opinion: Don’t wait until the new year to be a new you

New years resolution

Set goals when you're ready to set them. 

New year, new me.

By this point, I’m sure you have seen this phrase plastered all over social media as people promise to be better versions of themselves as soon as the New Year rings in.

But why wait until then?

If you’re ready to make the change you want to see in yourself, whether that is going to the gym more or changing an eating habit or anything else, you should make that change whenever you are ready to make that change.

Don't let the pressure of a new year force you to make a change you aren't ready to make. Sometimes it’s OK to wait a little longer to make the changes you need.

I’ve been stuck in this situation before. I felt pressured to make a new year’s resolution because all of my friends were, but I was not prepared to make the lifestyle change. Soon, my resolution fell apart, and I was left upset and thinking of myself as a disappointment. I didn’t want to try making another resolution, and I was afraid to make that lifestyle change again because I felt as though I did not have the ability to do it.

Now, I know you don’t have to wait until the New Year. You don’t have to be ready by the new year, either. Change can be made whenever you’re ready for it to be made. Do not risk feeling like a failure on something you are not prepared for.

People have the free will to change whenever they want. In the middle of the year, at the ringing in of the new year, or maybe even the day before it. Do not let the social norm of having to have a new year’s resolution force you into something you might not be prepared for. Instead of saying the cliché “New Year, new me,” why not say “new day, new me” on the day YOU are ready to make the change you want to make?

No one can tell you when to be ready. You have to know that for yourself. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith, but make that leap yourself. Don’t let an arbitrary holiday make that decision for you.

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