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Why your resolutions aren’t meaningless

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This is a guest post from our friends at BetterHelp.com, written by Marie Miguel.

Having resolutions has gotten a negative stigma as of late, with many people saying that they’re meaningless promises. We live in a world people assume the worst and almost want to see failure, and in the 2020s, we believe that this mindset needs to go away. If you have resolutions, they are not meaningless. Here are a few reasons why.

Having Any Goal is Important

One of life’s biggest goals is to find our sense of purpose. This is something that dives into philosophy, with the “Why are we here?” question being brought up.

Resolutions are a great way to have a little purpose. Even something as trivial as losing 10 pounds gives you a reason to keep going.

With that said, any goal needs to have a plan. You cannot go into a goal without at least an outlet. If you have a resolution, write down a few paths you could take to your goal, and then see which path gets you closer to achieve it.

It Can Inspire You to Do What You Love

Some resolutions are work-based. Some people are stuck in dead-end jobs. Instead of working fueled by passion, they are working to live. If they miss a paycheck, it’s over.

A resolution can come in the form of trying different side hustles to make more money, and trying to find that gig where you can make money doing something you love. A side hustle may not be your primary source of income, but it’s a way to have a little more while doing a fun hobby. If you’re good enough at what you do, that side hustle can grow and grow until it surpasses your main job. Setting up a plan to make money doing what you love is smart, no matter how you put it.

Any Excuse to Be Healthier

Health is a big part of a resolution. Many people want to eat right and exercise in the new year. Again, this is something that requires a plan and not just an empty promise, but getting fitter or eating right can benefit you in many ways. Not only can you look better and feel more confident, but you may have more energy, improved mental health, better sleep, and higher immunity.

With any fitness or health plan, talking to a professional about it is a good way to start. Or, you can download apps to keep track of your fitness and eating habits.

It Can Teach You Accountability

Accountability is something that more people need to have. If you end up falling short of your goals, it’s important to learn why. Did you set your goals too high? Were you slacking off? Did you have no plan?

It’s important to discuss why you failed, but also celebrate your achievements. If your goal for 2020 was to lose 100 pounds, but you lost 50, that’s still an accomplishment. Celebrate what you did achieve, all while thinking about how you can do better next time.

With accountability, you do need to strike a balance. Not holding yourself accountable enough can prevent you from working harder the next time. However, beating yourself up too much is not a good way to go, either. Having a friend or family member to hold yourself accountable is a good move. Speaking of which…

It Can Help You Realize That Getting Help Isn’t a Bad Thing

Some people want to do everything themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that on the surface. The problem comes from the fact that many end up performing less than they would if they got help. For example, working out can be much better when you have a workout buddy to help you. Or, if you’re having trouble making a goal, speaking to a counselor can help you. Talk to some counselors and explain your goals. You may find that achieving them is much easier than you thought.

What are your goals for 2020? What do you hope to see by the year’s end?


Author: Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.