Updated: Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:45

The secret to keeping your New Year's resolution

You never fulfill them because you wait too long and go into it irrationally, so cut the festive bullcrap and be honest with yourself before you resolve


Text: Shah Salimat
Photos: Getty

It’s that time of the year when we heave a sigh of relief that we endured 365 days of bullcrap. Seriously, the world is in such shambles these days. Typhoons, hurricanes, shootings, Romney getting the 47% popular vote – point proven? You may also have endured breakups, ugly fights, falling out with friends, getting crappy gift bags and the like. I don’t know what you went through but this year may not exactly have been smooth-sailing in its entirety.

So, you want to start afresh. You want to take the bull by its horns (or whatever cliché you stand by) and march forward into the new year with a new resolve. You decide that it is time for a new look. Chop your hair off, toss away those haggard dresses, get a new tan. You make resolutions: to finally exercise, to quit smoking, to volunteer, to save up so you can buy that bag or vacation you have always wanted.

Erm, newsflash: you have just bought into the hype of New Year’s Day. The entire hoo-ha about the passing of a year and a flip of the page has caused you to wait until this very day to finally decide what you want to change about yourself. Short of calling out the hypocrisy (because you really could have mended those broken friendships months ago), we are already here so might as well make do with the circumstance, no?

Resolutions were long treated as a nifty way to reflect on the year that was and put in place goals to change lifestyle habits. Nowadays, it seems more of attaining better material things than working on improving one’s inner character. Ask yourself: why are you making these resolutions? There is a difference between wanting to do something and realising you actually have a problem to begin with.