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New Year, New Me Syndrome

It's a new year, but will it be a new you?

By Oluwajeminipe Fasheun-Motesho

PUBLISHED: January 04, 2024

New Year, New Me Syndrome


It's January, and we're armed with a list of resolutions longer than a CVS receipt. There's a contagious buzz, an electrifying energy propelling us into the new year. We're on fire, ready to take on the world, each goal a shining beacon of potential change. It is a known fact that most of us have certain goals we would love to achieve in the space of a year and at the end of the given year we go over this list of goals to know what has been achieved and what can be improved on.

For instance, one of my resolutions was working out regularly- you know, bodybuilding sort of thing. Now, at the time, I thought this would be easy for me since I was going to be at school for a certain period of time. I figured that my running around, attending classes, and doing other school related shenanigans could be counted as a weight loss exercise strategy. Was that an easy choice? Of course, yes. Was that smart? I should think not. Well, fast forward to the present, and the only consistent transformation has been my hairstyle. New year, new hair, same old me.

But hey, it's not all doom and gloom. Last year, I defied my own expectations, accomplished things that would make past versions of myself gasp. And that's the thing about these resolutions – life tends to throw curveballs, and some goals start resembling distant dreams.  So, let's discuss setting goals in the most delightful way possible. First and foremost, keep it simple. Your first resolution should be as easy as Sunday morning. Maybe it's growing out your hair, committing to more beauty sleep, or embarking on a groundbreaking 5-10 minutes of reading daily. Tiny steps, my friend, tiny steps.

Next up, make those goals your BFFs. Not to the point of inducing stress, but a little reminder can do wonders. It's like having your personal cheerleader whispering, "You got this!" in your ear. Regularly seeing your goals might just be the secret sauce to keeping that motivation sizzling. Now, let's talk about the grand finale – the end of the year. If you've ticked off everything on your list, kudos to you, you goal-crushing superstar! Take a bow. But if not, no need for a dramatic exit. It's not the apocalypse; it's just another season in the series. Roll over those goals, my friend. You're not defeated; you're just gearing up for a sequel. Now, to add more chapters to our resolution novel, consider introducing mid-year reviews. Take a moment to reflect, adjust, and perhaps add a few plot twists to keep the narrative engaging.

As we step into the new year, it's crucial to be intentional about what we want to achieve. Whether it's personal growth, career milestones, or simply enjoying life more, every goal demands our attention and effort. However, it's equally important not to be too hard on ourselves. Life is a balance, and amidst the pursuit of goals, there should be moments of joy, connection, and spontaneity. 

Setting goals and resolutions is like embarking on a journey – it takes time, effort, and a conscious decision to make things happen. Truth is, Rome wasn't built in a day- Not everything definitely comes easy. You consciously have to work for what you want and be intentional about achieving all your goals and resolutions for the new year. At the same time, don't be too hard on yourself. Have fun with friends and family, live a little, create memories, start a new hobby, and do so many cool and unimaginable things possible. Give yourself adequate time to accomplish and achieve all your goals and resolutions, and also have fun in doing them. 

Approaching your goals with a mindset of enjoyment can make the journey more sustainable. Yes, hard work is crucial, but finding joy in the process can make the pursuit more enjoyable. It's like planting seeds and watching them grow – the effort you put in eventually blossoms into something beautiful.I certainly can't wait to come back at the end of year and see the goals and resolutions I was able to tick off on my list!  

Here's to the millions of New Me's and Yous out there, and also to the heartfelt wants and desires of everyone drafting their revolutions right now, I really hope they stick for you. Cheers to the new year and hopefully a new and improved us.And remember "No gree for anybody!"

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