It’s not about the day…
Every year people make a list of things that they cannot or will not start doing before January 1st. Call them “resolutions” or call them “changes”… call them what you will. But research has shown that they don’t stick. There are a lot of reasons why this is. Part of that has to do with the “start date” mentality.
If we can make the mental shift to recognizing that life is not about waiting for the starter gun to go off, we will find ourselves more successful for many reasons:
- Waiting for a date or some other “significant” date/time to begin change is tying that change to the significance of a date or time rather than recognizing that change for the significance it will have to your life. If you believe the change is significant and important to your life, why wouldn’t you want to do it now? Regardless of the date or time?
- Recognizing that every moment is the first moment of the rest of your life means that every moment is a chance to “get back on the wagon” if you stray off-course, or start implementing changes.
- Waiting for a start date can mean passing up unexpected opportunities. The shift to thinking of every moment as an opportunity changes your mindset in a way that encourages you to evaluate opportunities as they arise with more positivity. It seems like a small thing, but your mental mindset absolutely affects how you perceive new opportunities.
There is more to making change in your life. Setting well-defined goals, anticipating obstacles, having a plan, having a support network and being held accountable all play a role. I can help you with all of that between my free lecture series (including one on SMART goal setting) and distance-based group programs.