It's a big tradition as one year comes to a close and another starts to open its books, making resolutions. Many people decide to make some kind of change in their lives be it big or small to ring in the New Year. I'm just not one of these people.
I don't like to set myself up for failure and I've always felt that New Year's resolutions are the perfect path to this. New Year's resolutions can be very grand undertakings. Stopping smoking. Cutting out caffeine. Losing many pounds. Getting rid of a bad relationship. Starting a new relationship. Remaking your entire existence. I also don't like singling out one time of year to make a change. Just as I don't like making the Christmas spirit seem as though it exists only at Christmas.
Change should be a gradual, step by step, one foot in front of the other thing. Grand change in my experience rarely works out well. Taking on far too much at one time leads to a huge letdown when you just can't quite see it through. Or you fail utterly. One step at a time change offers much less of a path to failure in my opinion. Take it slow. Take it small. And do it all year, not just on December 31. Resolve to change every day whatever it is that you wish to accomplish and then that day, make one step towards that goal. Before you realize it, the goal is accomplished and you have made the change.
To wait until the end of the year implies procrastination. If it's something you wish to change, why not change it the moment it comes to you or at least begin to. There's no reason to wait until the last day of the year. Make every day a new opportunity. It doesn't have to be January 1 for that time to begin. Making small, incremental changes all year long leaves a person far less open to failure and disappointment that making a grand sweeping statement either out loud or to oneself and then having to watch it become just another faded dream.
Resolve everyday a little at a time, one foot in front of the other, and then you will have life changes not just words on December 31.