The time of year is coming when so many of us promise to be better. Better eaters, better physically, better friends, spouses, and more. While starting with (what seems likes) a fresh slate on January 1st might seem like a great place to start, don’t wait. Begin your new year resolutions today. Then, never stop.
If something is worth putting off until tomorrow, it’s probably not that important to us at all. In this case, we’re better off not setting ourselves up to fail in the first place. I’m all for objectives, growth, and cutting ourselves a little slack from time to time, but think of this in terms of our goals.
“I will start eating better tomorrow, or in a month when the new year arrives.” You deserve to feel better today. For some people, they might not have as long as they think before personal disaster strikes.
“I will be a better friend, spouse, parent, I swear, when the new year is here.” If it’s not important to be those things this very instant, I promise there will be no magic switch on January 1st. The ball does not drop with magic fairy dust from Tinkerbell. Start today.
Getting started is often the hardest part with any objective. Thus, delaying ourselves usually only leads to a sense of starting tomorrow. We’re too important and so are the things we want to achieve. Our time is too limited. We might not get tomorrow.
On the other side of the coin, if you get going on your new year resolutions, don’t stop.
There’s no (or should be no) end date on taking care of yourself or the people around you. Make what you’re doing habit and it’ll become second nature. Once a challenge becomes a habit, it becomes easier to do. Eating well and exercising for only one month can lead right back to a state of where we were before.
You’ve got this. Close your screen and go now. Have a Happy New Year, but don’t rely on a calendar to tell you when you should go.