You know the saying. New year, new you, right?
At the end of the year, we see everyone's social media posts reflecting on the past year. They either had their best year, or it was full of learning hard lessons. Regardless, they all have the same theme of how the next year will be better.
People reflect and use the first day of the year to develop goals they'll work toward for the new year and share them. It's completely understandable why New Year's resolutions are a thing. A new year offers the chance to reset after reflecting on the last 365 days. You can get back on track with those fitness or financial goals while setting your sights on doing something new.
Although New Year's resolutions can be fun, navigating entering a new year is difficult. Often, we're told what goals we should set and made to feel discouraged that our progress toward achieving those goals won't make it past month three.
My TikTok “For You” page is filled with videos related to workout challenges, advice on becoming a content creator and anything related to achieving goals in the spirit of new year. The content's made with good intentions, but it's overwhelming.
Like our New Year's resolutions, these videos aren't as productive as we think. It might be a new year, but we're still the same person. We don't automatically become different people because the number on the calendar changes.
There is good news, though.
We're in a unique position where we can choose what a new year and making resolutions look like. You can choose not to set specific goals but focus on areas in your life you desire to improve. You can also continue focusing on what you've already been working on before the new year. You also have the choice not to set any goals and exist while accepting whatever opportunities come your way.
The key to figuring out New Year's resolutions is not feeling pressured by your peers or the online world. It's about identifying what's important to you and being disciplined in working toward whatever it is.
When we find another 365 days have passed, you want to reflect on the year you've had and be happy with what you achieved because it's what you wanted.