The Problem with “New Year, New Me”

Story by Emma DeLaRosa, Staff Writer

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From going to the gym to quitting toxic habits, in early January people devote themselves to the concept of “new year, new me.”

Recognizing flaws and working towards improvement is essential in personal growth, but the issue with people today is that they wait until the first page of the calendar to do this. The beginning of the year seems like a new beginning — the perfect time to set goals that will make this year the best yet! However, this results in people putting enormous amounts of pressure on themselves to fulfill the ridiculous aspirations, leading to the inevitable disappointment.

This time of year is overwhelming because, at the end of December, there is the pressure to commit to a resolution and work on it as soon you wake up on New Year’s Day. According to an article written by Shainna Ali Ph.D. on psychologytoday.com, “80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.” Using the new year as the time to make goals sets one people up for failure because it does not allow time for in-depth self-reflection, to assess where the goal comes from, or a way to achieve it.

Setting a goal is a personal decision and there’s nothing stopping you from setting a goal in a time where there is not as much overwhelming pressure, perhaps somewhere in the middle of the year. This allows you to start your road to personal growth at a time when you know that you are ready to commit to the journey. Take the time to set a goal that is personal to your life and I wish you good luck in 2019!

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