Personal / don’t let the first 17 days define your resolve to do what you want

So, I’ve heard that today, January 17 is “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day” and I’m here to tell you to think twice before “completely” ditching those resolutions.  If these resolutions will result to self-improvement then I think you should still give it go! There are 365 days in the year, don’t let the first seventeen days define your resolve to achieve or accomplish whatever that is you want! (At least I wouldn’t)

Last year I have listed down things I wanted to accomplish or at least start, some of them required me to do it in a daily basis, most of them were not. I wasn’t consistent but I didn’t give up.  I wanted to do it still, even sporadically.  Like my journaling last year? It was chaos. I wrote every other day…then every other week…every month, then bi-monthly. Sometimes (like most of the time) RL and laziness hindered me from doing it more consistently. But every time I opened my journal and wrote my prompts, I was relieved that I didn’t quit because I didn’t do it in a regular basis. I didn’t let this journal rot into nothingness like all my sad attempts of the previous years. I wanted to do it. So whenever I remember, I write on my journal. Until it become steadier (not steady but I spare time whenever). I’m applying the same thinking to my brand new list for 2019.

When it comes to resolutions, I think it’s not the consistency that matters the most but the resolve to try. To try in these 365 days we have in the year. Actually, you can continue it next year. You can do it whenever. I believe there’s no definite starting date, definitely not January first. The resolutions can start now if you want. That’s what I learned last year. Sure, I didn’t tick off all of the items in my list but I was still super pleased that I made attempts. I didn’t weigh so much on the success rate but my determination to do it no matter what. Yes, the first fearless step is important and so are the others after it. Success is not obtained overnight as Israelmore Ayivor said, so I think we shouldn’t quit just because the first seventeen days of the year are over.

I think I had the wrong notion that when I promised myself to do it—something that it’s out of my daily grind and I couldn’t do it consistently then I should just ditch it. But the reality is it’ll be hard to break the habit and integrate it normally into my life. It takes a solid resolve. It’s a long continuous commitment. So I’ve thought I just need to do it no matter how frequent, I just want to do it. And maybe, eventually, it’ll become part of my life naturally.