Do we really need New Year’s Resolutions?



Do we really need New Year’s Resolutions?

I know what you are thinking: Not another article about New Year’s resolutions, red lines, goals, targets and achievements. It is four days into 2015, and the internet sphere is swarming with posts about all our good intentions, goals and things we want to achieve in the New Year.

New Year’s Resolution is a controversy topic. I would even go so far to say that the world is split into two fractions, with just half of the world’s population taking part in the annual goal-setting event.

I belong to that half. For me the beginning of the year is like a fresh start, a clean slate. Maybe it is just psychological, but a new year gives me a feeling of having the power to change things. I know that, in fact, we can change our lives every day if we want to. And statistically just 8% actually are successful in achieving their resolutions they set every year.

I belong to that 8%. Maybe it’s just because I always set goals that are actually achievable. Instead of “I want to work out more”, I would chose “I want to go running at least twice a week”. Plus, I believe that just the process of sitting down, thinking and writing down your goals already bring you one step closer to achieving them.

I don’t know. Maybe it is all a mind game. But every year I do it over and over again, and personally I would recommend anyone to do it as well. Just for the sake of finally taking the time and thinking about what we would like to change, achieve or do in the New Year. It doesn’t even matter if the things come to being in the end. That’s not the point. It’s like cleaning the house. Just in this case you sort things out in your mind, and clean ideas, feelings and thoughts, put everything in order, and start out fresh.

This year I will share my New Year’s resolutions for the first time with the world. The era of facebook and co, gives us a great way of building accountability. So, here it goes:

 

My New Year’s Resolutions 2015 (in no particular order)

Learning French and Russian (or refreshing it, as I was able to speak both to a certain degree before)

Learning French and Russian (or refreshing it, as I was able to speak both to a certain degree before)

Learn formal Chinese in writing and speaking

Learn formal Chinese in writing and speaking

Holidays on the beach with my husband

Holidays on the beach with my husband

Travelling with my husband through Germany.

Travelling with my husband through Germany.

Getting a cute cat.

Getting a cute cat.

Buy a car.

Buy a car.

Helping my husband to improve his English (maybe more his resolution than mine haha)

Helping my husband to improve his English (maybe more his resolution than mine haha)

Starting an art and photography blog.

Starting an art and photography blog.

Finish at least half of my 2.3m cross stitch project

Finish at least half of my 2.3m cross stitch project

What about you? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions or do you think they are useless?

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

3 thoughts on “Do we really need New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. I like your resolutions, especially the one about getting a cute cat. I love cats myself. If China is anything like America with an abundance of cats who need adopting, please consider adopting before purchasing a cat. We rescued our cat.
    I do make resolutions and like you, I make them achievable. Such as making my health a priority, writing more books and continually unclutter my house:)

    • Actually, where I live I cannot find one single cat, not to adopt nor to buy. There are a few stray cats, but they are so afraid of humans that you rarely see them coming out. There are no cats sold in the city I live. Most people here think cats are boring pets and mostly go for the expensive high fashion puppy dogs. So, I think I have to go to another town to get a cat!

      • I stay in India and I can say the attitude towards cats is roughly the same. We are the only family who has a cat in our compound and perhaps in the whole neighborhood.
        I like your resolutions, and I have to admit they are very similar to mine – languages, creativity, traveling.. All the best for you in achieving your goals!

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