New Year’s Resolutions: A Step Towards Positivity or a Set-Up for Failure?

A new year is now upon us, and with its arrival I find myself evaluating where I am at this point in my life — where I wanted to be, and what may or may not be possible from this point forward. Enter the New Year’s Resolution.

I haven’t yet decided whether I want to officially declare any sort of resolution. On one hand, it is simply no more or less than setting a new goal for yourself; but on the other hand, it can be a doorway to slap yourself in the face with yet another failure on which to base your uselessness. Granted, this is coming from the warped views of a woman who is riddled with anxieties, sometimes struggles with depression and has serious pre-existing self-worth issues. Though, I can’t help but think that in some way, shape or form, these are all things we all struggle with at various points. So why all the hype over a New Year’s Resolution?

I think the key to a successful resolution is to avoid setting your sights too high. For instance, it would be foolish if you have no experience and no training in, say, acting, but choose as a resolution to win an Academy Award. (Ok, yes, that was a bit exaggerated!) The latter is a clear example of setting yourself up to fail. A better approach would be to resolve to take an acting class in the coming year. It gets you a step closer to your ultimate goal and is quite do-able! It’s a win-win.

So back to me: I still don’t know if I want to commit myself to anything and label it a New Year’s Resolution. It just seems kind of daunting. I’m awful with follow-through (note the regular updates on this blog!). Maybe I should try to incorporate follow-through into a resolution.

What are your thoughts on this resolution business? I’d love to hear. 🙂

Be well! Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


M.A.Young is driven by her love of words, passionate pursuit of knowledge, and desire for a more inclusive and accepting world. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she struggles daily with mental health issues including generalized and social anxiety, C-PTSD, depression, and self-worth.

She is the sole contributer to and founder of AnnotherVoice, a relatively unfocused blog originally created as a sounding board for the myriad of thoughts running through her mind. Her writing runs the gamut from fiction and poetry to current events and politics. She strongly encourages everyone to pay attention to the world around them and to vote!

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