Skip New Year’s resolutions for a transformative lifestyle

January 29, 2016

As February 1 looms ahead, people all across the U.S. check in on the status of their New Year’s resolutions. It’s always curious to see how many self-imposed rules have already been broken before the first month (or week) of the year is even complete. For senior biology major John Eaton, this is proof that yearly resolutions are a silly and wasted effort. “I used to dabble in resolutions, but year after year I ended up not reaching my goals,” says John. “It seems the attention has shifted from actually seeking to be better to just the novelty of having a resolution.”

For John, if positive transformation is honestly sought out, it shouldn’t be something that begins and ends with each passing year. He says, “it seems that the most common resolutions deal with getting in better physical shape. Most people shouldn’t have an issue with consistently working to better themselves without attaching that ‘resolution’ label to it. The same goes for mental and spiritual health too, whether that’s reading more books, playing less video games, or even devoting more time to prayer.”

For John, there is little value in setting a goal just because society determines it as customary. “Too often people play the hokey-pokey with resolutions, where they put one foot in and keep one foot out. I think you need to be fully committed if you really want to change.” For this NNU student, being fully committed means pursuing resolutions every single day. “Every day you wake up with a choice and a chance for a new resolution. People can set resolutions 365 times a year if they really want to make a change.”

By making the betterment of one’s self a daily pursuit, the term “resolution” can then be replaced with “lifestyle.” Adopting this lifestyle would undoubtedly prove more fruitful than a goal set only once a year. It is only when we focus so much on the year that each day begins to lose its significance. Relying on January 1 to review and reset goals makes it too easy to become lax in the drive needed to accomplish them.

If you want to lose weight and gain muscle, each day should be spent pursuing that. If a better spiritual life is desired, then there shouldn’t be a moment that isn’t spent working towards it. This is the lifestyle that John has chosen to live and one he encourages others to choose as well.

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