For many, the turn of the New Year is the point of making resolutions for the future. Perhaps it is symbolic, the start of the new year and the opportunity for a ‘new you’. Or, it may be to undo the negative consequences of Christmas. It is common to set a new challenge for yourself at the turn of the new year, but I’m going to challenge you not to put off what can begin today!
Here are some of the reasons that I think January is arguably one of the toughest times of the year to start goals, especially if you want to succeed.
- The weather
Unless you’re fortunate enough to be in sunny climes at this time of the year, you’ve probably experienced several months of cold, wet, miserable weather. A New Year’s resolution isn’t normally exciting and fun. If it was, you would have done it already! It might mean giving something up, cutting down, starting something you’re not so keen to start. Combined with the bad weather, its difficult to enjoy becoming a new you.
- The consequences of Christmas
There’s also the post-Christmas come down. After months of excitement, planning, partying and the big day, its all over. You might have eaten, drunk, and/ or spent too much and rather than being left with a rosy glow, you’re now tightening your belt (or unable to tighten your belt, if we’re speaking literally!)
- Its almost socially expected that you’ll give up
Each year seems to bring statistics with the percentage of people who have already given up on their resolutions before January is even out and giving up New Year’s resolutions seems almost as much of a tradition as starting them.
If you choose to change something at any other point in the year and you do it because you want to, it’s a stronger motivator that doing so at the start of the year simply because its tradition.
If you want to do something or change something, why wait a single day of the year to come around? You don’t have to overhaul your life. But you could change one thing, or discover one thing, or reduce one thing, or whatever your thing is! Set yourself a mini goal and an initial time frame (I like calendar months) and just have a go.
Even if you don’t achieve your goal in full in the time you set out, the fact that you achieve anything is a success because otherwise you would have done nothing. Celebrate the positive and don’t dwell on the negative!
What are your tips for setting and achieving goals? Do monthly goals work for you?