Only 5 more sleeps until Christmas! Can you feel the excitement?! Undoubtedly many of us will be well into our Christmas shopping, running around getting bits and bobs we don’t need (lol) and buying presents for our loved ones. It’s such a wonderful time of year.  If you’re anything like me, this time of year is also a time of reflection, the days leading up to Christmas mark the year drawing to a close,  so you naturally start to look towards the new year, all the plans you want to make, things you want to do differently – New Year’s Resolutions.

Optimism and New Years Resolutions.

Making plans and resolutions for the New Year is a great way to be optimistic and get your life in order! If you’ve noticed most of the resolutions we make are geared towards self-improvement and making our lives better. A new year for so many of us is the triumph of hope over experience; this got me thinking about why people don’t stick to their New Year’s Resolutions and why we wait for a new year to get things moving. I think everyone enjoys the idea of a new resolution, and the opportunity that the beginning of a new year brings. Generally people seem excited to discuss their goals for the New Year.  In fact, I think it is now that they have the most excitement about these goals, only to have the feeling slowly decrease every day after the 1st.

Plans should start before January.

Why do we wait until January 1st to begin the process of achieving our goals? I personally believe that one of the reasons we lose our excitement and motivation towards New Year’s Resolutions is because often the hardest part is taking that first step.  It is difficult to establish the habits we need in order to achieve the goals we want to accomplish.  It’s said you need to do something for 21 days straight for it to become a habit.  That means if we wait until January 1st, which happens to also be a bank holiday which means you’ll probably put it off until the 2nd, then you think “welp, I’m also on annual leave and I deserve a break” so you push it back until you start work again, so before you know it, it’s February and you have made absolutely no progress whatsoever. You see here’s the thing, if we begin the process now, we could be 12 days into that process on January 1st, and ahead of most people!

Time is precious.

Procrastination is probably the biggest cause of non-starters, constantly putting things off until we eventually do nothing. Time is so precious and a luxury that we cannot afford to waste, so while the allure of a new year is mesmerising, in reality there really is nothing stopping you from starting now. It may be that you feel you’ve had a bad year, it happens, so I do see how the new year signifies a new start, but I also feel perspective is important. People often think a year is bad or unproductive, because they base its success on the not so great things that may have happened – this is a very unhealthy approach, especially if you have managed to do so many amazing things despite those lows. The year will always have highs and lows so we need to become more accustomed to balance and how a change of perspective will change the way we not only talk about the year that’s coming to an end, but also how we approach the years ahead. Time will not always be on our side, so while you still can go for it! What are you waiting for? Don’t let your obstacle be you.

“I don’t really think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try” – Nikki Giovanni


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