The way we prepare for new beginnings such as a first job interview or meeting a significant other’s folks for the first time is somewhat similar to how we prepare for the New Year. It’s as if the first day of the year will dictate how the rest of our year will go.
Most of us feel the need to shed off old skin, and be reborn into a better version of ourselves. I stopped making a list of resolutions a couple of years ago, primarily because my inability to accomplish them in the past frustrated me so much. This year, push came to shove and I felt the need to not stagnate, and instead evolve into something better. What better way to do that than lay down specific goals to accomplish? Or in this case, since it’s the New Year, my very own set of resolutions.
How exactly does one dive back into it? Most of the people I talked to said “yes, I do have New Year’s resolutions” followed with “but I don’t really follow them” or “it only lasted until the end of January.” But those who followed through have some inspiring advice. One of my siblings for example, inspired by the movie Yes Man, decided to say yes more often as part of her New Year resolution. After seven years, it became clockwork for her. One year, to my amusement, she was vaulting off ledges because she decided to learn a parkour. In the same year she passed her Japanese Learning Proficiency Test (JLPT).
It’s never too late to start preparing for the new year. With these tips, you can proudly say that change is coming. Here’s what you can do to actually stick to the change you want to see in yourself in the coming new year.