Saturday, January 16, 2021

New Year, New You? Heck NO! – The New Year’s Anti-Resolution

How did you feel about the usual barrage of new year’s resolution marketing this year? Did it annoy you? Make you feel like you should join in? Did it piss you off and make you want to rebel against it?

However much it affected you, or didn’t, odds are it did affect you a little bit. All of that extra advertising muscle was being devoted to telling you that you aren’t good enough how you currently are so that you will get out there and spend money. Messages like: “lose ten pounds to start the year off right” or “take years off your appearance today,” are happily thrown around even more blatantly than usual this time of year, all in the name of new year’s resolutions. All in the name of you buying the next miracle cure to make you worthy. Worthy of love.

Do you want to be the cliche “New Year, New You?” I hope your answer is, “heck, NO!” So, today, let’s make a new year’s anti-resolution. Let’s all vow to accept ourselves today and everyday. Let’s love ourselves unconditionally. Let’s delete negative self talk from our vocabularies. Let’s find self-kindness within our hearts. Let’s all call for a more positive world today.

Bunch of Pink Tulips

Self kindness can be gentle as the petals of a rose.

New Year, New Levels of Self Acceptance

Repeat these words aloud or in your mind now, “I am exactly right, exactly as I am. I am worthy of love, exactly as I am.”

Exactly as you are. Think about that on a deeper level. Weigh it against much of what media tells you. It is challenging to feel this truth, that you are exactly right exactly as you are. Rate how hard it is for you to feel this way on a scale of zero to ten with zero being not hard at all and ten being almost impossible.

Keep repeating the phrase above, “I am exactly right, exactly as I am. I am worthy of love, exactly as I am.” And see if it gets easier to feel it’s truth within you.

Accepting yourself is essential to having healthy self esteem. Think of it as something that is crucial to your wellness. It’s just as important as brushing your teeth or eating healthful foods to fuel your body. Accept yourself today.

Replace the Superficial with Self Love

Self Love

 You are lovable. Believe this, no matter your history, no matter what you are told. Know that you are worthy of love and that the first and most important place to get that love is from within you. If you seek love externally without an internal foundation of self love, you will not find it because you will not be able to accept it.

You must love yourself to love another. And you must love yourself to have a healthy internal self concept and healthy self esteem. The bottom line is you have to love yourself to be truly healthy.

Do it today! Right now, wrap your arms around yourself in a big hug and say aloud, “I love myself. I love me.” Repeat it until you truly feel it. You are worth it.

Amy Leigh Mercree is an author and media personality. For more of her work visit


2 Responses to “New Year, New You? Heck NO! – The New Year’s Anti-Resolution”
  1. Tessa Floreano says:

    This message resonates and is similar to the mantra one, where you choose just one mantra and repeat it throughout the year. Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

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