People get in the habit of starting to think about their New Year’s Resolutions in November and December, saying “I really want to start writing/swimming/studying/exercising/reading more in 2017” , as if the date January 1st is a magical date that makes it easier to reset and start anew.
Now some people don’t really care about changing themselves – and that’s OK. They make New Year’s Resolutions because it’s a tradition and they have to have an answer for when people ask them what their resolution is. This post isn’t really for you.
But to those who are genuinely serious about it, why not make a TODAY resolution?
I promise you, if you aren’t fed up enough with yourself and your bad habits that you are willing to wait until January 1st to enact your grand plan to better yourself, you will not succeed.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to read more: Start today.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to work out and eat healthy: Start today.
Plain and simple.
Do you really think that giving yourself “just one more week of ‘bad habit x’” is going to make it easier for you to change it come 2017? All you are doing by waiting until January 1st is pushing back the accomplishment of your goal by a week.
I’m not going to lie to you – I fall into this trap too. Around Thanksgiving, I had a conversation with Simon about how I was going to start posting these articles on January 1st. I wanted to have everything perfect and set up so I could build up a backlog and start releasing posts once the new year began.
He tiptoed around it a bit, but eventually he just said, “Why don’t you just start now?” I made some more excuses and talked about how it would just make more sense to start later. I didn’t have the page set up how I wanted, I didn’t have the right categories, I wanted to get people interested first, I didn’t have enough content blah de blah de blah de blah de blah de blah…
I have to credit my brother Simon for talking some sense into me. He was right. I was scared of what people would think of me, and I didn’t feel that the timing was right on November 23rd when I started.
Th truth is that the timing is never going to be perfect to start, change, or do the thing you have always wanted to do. The stars won’t align, the heavens won’t open up, and you won’t hear a voice in your head saying “This is it — it’s the perfect time.” Something will always get in the way, whether it’s January 1st or June 21st. You just have to decide to do it.
I made a commitment to post something every day for 30 days and this is number 28. I will hit my New Year’s Resolution goal BEFORE NEW YEARS, and I’ve received nothing but constructive and positive feedback the entire time.
You can do it too.
Make this the year that you say FUCK NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS — I’m making a December 21st, 2016 resolution (or whenever you read this) 😉
In part 2 tomorrow I’ll talk about the self-improvement process and how to take advantage of it to make things happen.