There’s nothing like the coming of a new year to make you feel rejuvenated, refreshed, ready for action. I’ve always looked forward to that period between Christmas and New Year when you have time to sit and think.
All through December I eagerly lap up the blog posts, articles and YouTube videos looking for ideas on how to make this year better than last, new goals I can aspire to and how other people reached theirs.
I sit at my desk and jot down my ideas, defining my goals and working out what steps I need to take to achieve them. I even have an idea of the quarterly and monthly milestones required.
Then January 1st arrives and… I’m not ready.
On December 1st, January is a distant land of opportunity and promise. The journey there seems to be a long one with many pit stops along the way. Family, friends, and frozen turkey all conspire, unwittingly, to divert our minds from our goal.
Then suddenly, we reach our destination and it turns out we should have called ahead and reserved a ticket on the train to achievement because it’s just left.
So we sit down and grumble to ourselves that we’ve failed already so what’s the point? We actually feel guilty that we didn’t start on 1st January. We feel some how ‘less than’ because if all these other people have all their plans laid out ready to go we should be able to, too.
But I’m here to tell you that there’s another train you can get on. Okay, I’ll stop that analogy now.
So you didn’t start your plan to walk for 20 minutes everyday, you didn’t post that first blog yet, you didn’t get to the gym (was it even open?). So what? Why was January 1st so important? I mean, it was a Wednesday. Who starts something new on a Wednesday?
I propose, therefore, that tomorrow, Monday, is actually the start of the year. Perhaps it’s your first day back to work or you have children back to school. There’s nothing like “normality” to help get you into your new routine. There’s nothing settled about the holiday period – there’s a reason there are so many memes about not knowing what day it is.
If you are thinking “tomorrow never comes” then start now. Today. Any small action will set you on the path to achieving your goal.
This blog post is me doing that very thing. Starting now. It’s a little later than planned and not perfect but it’s done and that’s the key – everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t delay because you don’t feel that everything is in place. As Gretchen Ruben likes to quote, if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing badly.
Some of you may be thinking, “but I don’t have any goals” and that’s perfectly acceptable but goals don’t have to be revolutionary to be something to aspire to. Learning a new recipe, planning a holiday, making more time for reading, these are all things that can add a little extra enjoyment. I’d also challenge anyone who said there was nothing in their life that they’d like to change.
If you don’t think you can start now, give yourself a deadline for starting. Use the time between to make plans and set milestones. If you still don’t meet that deadline, then you need to consider if it’s something you really want.
Need help? Then download my free guide to goal setting.
Did you find time to plan your year? Have you started on your goals yet? What are they?
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Wishing you a Happy New Year,