New Years resolutions are funny. There is no other time in our lives that we let ourselves down as much as we do at 00.00am on the 1st of January. For those that do fully commit to them, well done. Sadly, the majority of us mere mortals simply do not last a month. I’m the perfect example.
Your New Years Resolution should be to not have one. Well, not that we shouldn’t have a desire to change, but to not make yourself a promise that it will start on a certain date in the future. The 21st of December is a better time to make that change you have always wanted because it is right now. If you aren’t excited and motivated enough to do it today, it is highly unlikely you will be in the future. The future consists of too much time to find excuses.
This is what I have done and it has made a big difference personally. Instead of promising myself to make the change at a later date, I try to do it here and now. This doesn’t always work for me, but if I tell myself I will go to the gym Monday next week after work, I probably won’t. Instead, I go at the earliest possible time. The same with blogging. The same with doing something I fear. I am not entirely consistent with this but it has certainly helped me to achieve things I probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t decide to bite the bullet and get on with it.
So yes, today is a much better day to make the change. If it is to lose weight or excersise more, how much of a difference can be made before the new year? If it is to learn guitar, how many chords will you be able to lock down before a great song comes out in January that you would love to play along to? There are ten days left of the year, ten days is a hell of a lot of time to gain a head start. This ferry is pretty slow that I captured before boarding earlier… But where will it be in ten days if it just kept on going?
Probably New Zealand. Progress for sure!