Happy New Year,
I’m sure everyone is recovering from last night’s celebration, so I’m going to keep this post short.
I’d like to share an unusual tip that I send out every new year to motivate you to start on your new years resolution.
An old friend, long time ago, once told me if I wanted to achieve any kind of habit, behavior, or lifestyle change, I should make sure to work on it the first day of the year.
I’ve done this year after year and it works.
Not only does it work, but amazingly well.
I don’t have studies or statistics to explain why, though after years of applying it in my own life, I think I’ve come up with a reason that makes sense…at least to me.
When we want to create change, too often we put it off. We put it off for another day, another time, or another place.
When another day, time, or place arrives, we put it off again.
And then we keep doing this.
We do this for many reasons, whether we feel the goal is scary, difficult, or requires too much effort. Or we might feel weird or embarrassed for doing something we haven’t done before.
As a result, we just don’t start.
However, when you can stop what you are doing on New Year’s Day and call up however much focus, willpower, and energy you need to work on the resolution at hand, you get yourself to take the most important step – the first step.
It’s the step that creates the most resistance and requires the most effort.
Once you can take the first step, this sets you in motion to take the second step.
And the step after that.
However without the first step, there are no other steps. The other steps aren’t possible, no matter how strong your desire.
So whatever your new years resolutions might be, try your hardest and darndest to start today.
Do something to take the first step.
That step can be anything.
If you goal is to quit smoking, then for today, try your best to not have a cigarette or at least limit how many you have.
If you want better grades at school, complete one of your assignments today, even if it is not due until weeks from now.
If you want to start exercising, don’t wait to sign up for a gym membership. Roll up your sleeves and do some pushups or sit-ups or go for a light jog. Run up and down the stairs a few times if you have to, but…
Do something today, even if it’s something small.
When you start, you set yourself in motion to take the next step and the step after that. This is how resolutions are accomplished.
You’ll find it’s not as scary, terrible, or difficult as you imagined.
Often times, depending on the goal, it’s actually quite enjoyable, making you regret not having started sooner.
1. So what is your resolution for the New Year?
2. What is the first thing you need to do to get started?
3. Now do your darndest to get that thing done today!
Happy New Years!