As the year quickly comes to an end, people will be ready to make their New Year’s Resolutions. However, these resolutions, although traditional, are often not kept for the entirety of the year. Some people give it a week, month or three months at most. Therefore, New Year Resolutions may not be the best idea when trying to change an unwanted habit, trait or improve on a good one. Here are 10 reasons why we should set new day resolutions to reach our utmost goal or goals.
1. It gives you 365 opportunities instead of 1.
If you think about it, when you set a yearly resolution, you are mentally telling yourself, “I have this one and only chance to make this change in my life.” However, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Approaching a resolution as a daily habit allows for you to take steps to reach that goal you are looking to achieve. Instead of, there’s always next year, you can tell yourself there’s always tomorrow.
2. Improvements on our lives should be a daily habit, not an annual one.
You may drink more water one day than the other, save more funds one day than the other, or exercise more. Realizing that these are daily habits allows for you to tell yourself it’s ok If you messed up one day, and to do better the next day instead of next year.
3. Each day brings new hope.
Hope gives us reason to live and a sense of well being for tomorrow. We may have had one bad day, but that should never equate to a bad week, year or life. When you are hopeful, you are putting positivity into the universe, which always returns.
4. Embrace change each day.
You won’t have to wait an entire year to see things changing around you. If the seasons had New Year resolutions, we’d experience the same weather each day. Even in a year, there are four seasons. And within those seasons, each day brings different, unique weather. We’ve experienced warm days in winter, and chilly summer days. However, just like seasons change, so does each new day. And to force a one-year change is too much pressure to put on yourself.
5. Failure is part of success and not antonymous to it.
If you set a New Year’s resolution and don’t complete it, you often deem your resolution, or worse, yourself, a failure at it. This thought process is dangerous because it doesn’t let you see your daily failures and successes as part of the progress towards reaching your goal. You only see the negative factors at the end of the year. You view what goal you didn’t reach and what resolution you didn’t accomplish, instead of the daily hills and valleys you had to go through to try and reach that goal. If you set daily resolutions, you will start to see yourself as making progress, and view failures as a stepping stone to success. A quote by Winston Churchill states “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” We must never give one failure that much power over us to convince us that we failed for an entire year.
6. The sun rises and sets each day, not each year.
We should follow its example. We don’t live in a world where the sun decides to just shine once a year. And we, too, should learn to shine daily. We should love ourselves, imperfection and all, and not see the end or beginning of the year as the only time to rise to an occasion. Each new day that presents itself is a new time to rise and shine and realize that there is another chance.
7. There is beauty in each new day.
I know that we all have our own way of ringing in the New Year. However, wouldn’t it be great if we could celebrate every new day with that same vigor and excitement mentally and spiritually? The enthusiasm that we have at the start of each new year should also be felt daily. There is so much to be thankful for at the start of each new day. And that, in of itself, is beautiful.
8. To think about a New Year Resolution takes the past, present and future into account at once.
Why add more stress to life by thinking about what has happened, what is happening and what is about to happen all at once? That is what occurs when you set New Year Resolutions. When you have a resolution for each day, you are taking things one step at a time.
9. Daily resolutions become habits that grow over time.
The whole purpose of a resolution is to have intent or determination to start (or if negative, stop) something. If you do these things every day, it will become a habit for you. If you do it every year, it may start to feel more like an annual burden that you cannot keep.
10. We must keep the faith each day, not only once a year.
It is so important to have faith daily to achieve any goal in life. Faith is what gives us a clearer vision for tomorrow and gets us through today. If we were just to have faith one time a year, it would be nearly impossible to look at all the great things we have achieved daily throughout the year. Keeping the faith everyday is another reason why we must see things from a daily perspective in terms of resolutions.
There are many reasons why New Day resolutions are more reliable and achievable than New Year resolutions. If you believe in positive affirmations, you start to see how these daily thoughts can shape out your year for the better.