Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Forget New Year's Resolutions
“New Year, New Me”
I hate this cliche saying.  When I hear someone tell me that they are going to start getting up early starting on Monday, or that diet they want to do will begin on the 1st of the month.  Why do we as a society feel the need to have to wait to Monday, a new month, or a new year to start bettering ourselves?  

“Waiting to Monday is an amateur move, your body doesn’t know what day it is, so start today” – Me

The only part of our body that knows time is our brain, so waiting to start something is a complete amateur move, and my guess is that most people who make these agreements with themselves never stick to them.  They always find an excuse to go back to their old ways.  It is my assumption that they have the best of intentions to do their resolution, diet, habit, but they are not truly committed to it.  Any excuse is a good excuse to stop in their eyes.  
Building stronger habits and commitments to yourself takes time, failures, and iron will.  Let’s say you want to start dieting to lose some weight.  The first time you fall off the wagon and over eat, or have a bad meal, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goal of losing weight.  Just means you need to reset.  Some of the most discipline people I know mess up time to time on their habits.  But what they don’t do is use this as an excuse to go back to their old ways.  
2020 is almost here, and over 70% of Americans set a new years resolution, but I think less than 15% work on that resolution pass February.  Once of my favorite on-air personalities Bobby Bones from The Bobby Bones Show, has two solid solutions for those who have a hard time making long term goals, and those who never complete their New Year’s Resolution.  
  1. Start your New Year’s resolution in October or November, by starting early and when your motivation begins to fad, the new year will be here, and everyone else will be motivated and starting their resolution, so this should give you a bump in motivation to continue.  Remember motivation will get you started but discipline and commitment will keep you going.

  2. Break your goal down into smaller goals.  Let’s say you want to be debt free and you owe $20,000 in credit card debt.  If you take $20,000 and divide that into 4 quarters that is $5,000 every three months you will need to work down.  $5,000 over three months is a little over $1,650 a month.  So a target is to lower your debt by $1650 a month.  Now life may not allow for a clean $1650 a month of reduced debt, and that is why you have the quarterly goal and you could throw in a 6 month goal too.  This should help keep you on track and pace. One bad month of reducing debt, is not a green light to stop trying to achieve your goal of being debt free. 
While looking at a $20,000 nugget vs a $1650 nugget your goal of being debt free will appear to be easier to obtain, but chipping away at it little by little. 
 How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

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