Pledge to Self

How are your New Year Resolutions going?

As we have approached the New Year of 2021, a lot of people set “New Year’s Resolutions” as a tradition. But do people really stick to them or do most people break the pledge? Or do some people completely disagree with the whole idea of New Year’s Resolutions altogether? 

Let’s hear what our Future Listers have to say! We talked to Chomwan Weeraworawit, Co-founder of Philip Huang; Porntip Attakanwong, founder and creative director of ATT 19; award-winning mixologist Tamaryn Cooper of Asia Today; and Gavin Vongkusolkit, managing director of Heritage Estates on their promises to self.

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution?  If yes, what is it? If no, why not?

CW: I always have one - a few actually. The main ones this year I think are to be a better listener, be more patient with my children, and to eat less carbs, i.e. to take better care of myself. 

PA: I don't - I tend to work towards a larger goal but I do not see the New Year as a fixed date to change or do something as I think it creates an unrealistic amount of pressure. I believe that the best way to work for me is to observe and study the ever changing surrounding and the social/ political/ cultural climate - when I work that way, I believe I can offer a better body of work which has a profound impact on society.  

TC: I haven’t had a New Year’s resolution for the last few years. Don’t wait for the New Year to create goals, start today. I always have short-term goals that I work towards to eventually to get to the long-term goal. 

GV: No, I don’t have any New Year resolutions. I think it’s good to have a resolution but for me the most inspired ones don’t come at a set annual interval. 

Do you think New Year’s Resolutions are cliché and vague? What kind of realistic goals should you really set?

CW: I think that they are great for setting some goals for the year even though in Thailand and in our family, we celebrate 3 different New Years, showing that time is really a human construct and one should do whatever it is that makes them happy. For me it’s nice to set goals, and these my resolutions are often realistic and personal - in work and what we do everyday there are so many people involved and that we affect, especially working with artisans and artists, the new year for me (all three of them - 1st January, Chinese New Year and Songkran) are a great time for self reflection and personal goal setting. 

PA: I don’t particularly think it is cliche or vague, but I don’t think that everyone works and can work that way. It is great to have a goal but the world can also impact said goal and we must consider ourselves as humans who can make human errors. For me, to shape your whole year with a resolution is an unhealthy competition with your own humanness. I tend to have a very large idea and optimistic view of how I wish my year to be but I don’t fill in the details of how I may get there. I let it be a journey. 

TC: I think that having a New Year’s resolution sort of sets you up for procrastinating, because what you’re then doing is letting yourself get away with being lazy and then using the New Year as an excuse to start change. Start setting your goals today and then set yourself a realistic time frame to achieve those goals that you’ve created yourself. 

GV: I have seen New Year’s resolutions work for some people; however, it doesn’t work for me. As for realistic goals, I tend to set new ones when I have achieved the old ones. Generally, my goals are set quite high but the time horizon for achieving them can be much longer and none of my goals have ever taken less than a year to achieve.