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New Year, New You?

shwaffle

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As the new year begins, what do people tend to say as they strive to accomplish their resolutions?

"New year, new me!"

But in reality, does that ever happen? 

 

Most people give up after a month or two. Or sometimes, people quit within a week. But who can blame them?

Besides, you have to work for the 'new you'. It doesn't happen as soon as the new year starts.

So really, why is there such a saying if no one ever accomplishes it?

People may accomplish their goals/resolutions, but it seems that no one ever actually becomes the way they want to.

 

Let's say this year you want to improve your attitude or personality. It will take some time, but it's not impossible.

Let's say you accomplish this. Congrats! But do you feel like a new you? Or do you just feel better about yourself?

 

Maybe it's just me, but the whole "new year, new me" thing is ridiculous. 

Let me know what you guys think about the whole thing.

Do you guys believe in the "new year, new me" saying?



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I assume these things are mainstream crap said around just to try to feel accomplished whenever they do a minimal positive change...
Besides, I don't see the point of starting doing this in "new year", why not months ago when you knew you could have?
New year means nothing, it's just a label... If it was your birthday and you want to celebrated how long you've survived, then sure, you might try to do something to improve yourself on the occasion of being good at keeping yourself alive, but new year...? It's also just the excuse for people to do stupid things and later pretend they never happened.

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10 minutes ago, Keiko said:

I assume these things are mainstream crap said around just to try to feel accomplished whenever they do a minimal positive change...
Besides, I don't see the point of starting doing this in "new year", why not months ago when you knew you could have?
New year means nothing, it's just a label... If it was your birthday and you want to celebrated how long you've survived, then sure, you might try to do something to improve yourself on the occasion of being good at keeping yourself alive, but new year...? It's also just the excuse for people to do stupid things and later pretend they never happened.

I agree! It has become a stupid trend people use to attract attention.

"Oh, look at me! I'm making a change! Wow, so inspiring!"

It really isn't inspiring. People change and improve all the time, and they don't get recognition for it. Why should they? It's a personal choice and the whole world doesn't need to know about it.

Anyway, the way you worded your comment was excellent. You bring up great points that I agree with.

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September 2017 I decided I wanted to improve my complexion. I decided to start working toward that with no time limit. There were sometimes I'd find myself discouraged due to some setback or another, but every time I saw another person's progress photo it would help me bounce back. People use the new year more or less as a marker. Because it's easier to say "my progress since 2017" rather than "my progress since 6 September, 2017." I'm on board with the whole "Why wait? Why not now?" thinking, but I'm not going to be critical of people who like to have a goal and decide to start at a certain time. And, sometimes, maybe it's just the fact that a new year is beginning that acts as a catalyst for some to think about what they want to change about their lives.

Motivation is motivation, no matter how stupid or trivial it may seem to another person. Call me crazy but I am genuinely happy for people when they succeed and I want to cheer them on. I feel like saying people just want attention is really discrediting those who really did work hard to reach the goals they have set. Maybe it's not inspirational to a cynic, but for others trying to accomplish that same goal, seeing another succeed is reassurance and a reminder of where they want to be. But I guess as long as you're not trying to actively rain on someone's parade, that's just as well, too. We're all entitled to our opinions.

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I've never met anyone that actually says "new year, new me" I think that might just be some sort of media thing (around here anyway). But I know many people that make resolutions and stick with them for the entire time. So I think saying most people give up is also inaccurate. I personally don't make resolutions, but I can see the appeal of using New Years as a simple starting point and a clear timeframe

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I hardly ever do the NY resolution thing.  Resolutions have always struck me as unrealistic.  Either they're too little or they're too much.  If they're too much they can backfire and mess with your head.  If they're too little then I don't really feel I accomplished anything significant.

My plan has always just been to continuously try to do things better than I did last time.  That's a goal that is always within reach and therefore fairly easy to make a habit out of.  I find that works better for me than doing the new year's resolution thing every January.

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On 1/4/2019 at 5:21 AM, Wedgy said:

People use the new year more or less as a marker. Because it's easier to say "my progress since 2017" rather than "my progress since 6 September, 2017." I'm on board with the whole "Why wait? Why not now?" thinking, but I'm not going to be critical of people who like to have a goal and decide to start at a certain time.

I think that's a good explanation for why people wait for new year to make a change.

Because it's easier to look back and remember when you started. It's easier to say, Oh I've been exercising for 6 years now. I started in 2017. Rather than Oh, I've been exercising for maybe 6 years now. I started around 2017. Maybe mid 2017.

But I agree with what most people already said. There's no need to wait for new year to change/improve. You can start tomorrow. Or in the next 5 minutes.

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