This post, originally entitled “The Best Time to Start a New Year,” made its debut on 01/06/2012. I decided to share this post again because, currently, I feel as thought I’m drowning in committment. I needed to be reminded that it’s never too late to hit the ‘restart’ button. I hope this serves as a great reminder for you as well.
With all the talk about New Year Resolutions being ditched by mid January, it’s no wonder we don’t stick to them. It seems if you fall of the bandwagon anytime before the 365th day you’re whisked away to Failure jail until January 1st.
The reason behind making resolutions, let’s just call them goals, is to do something different. And, since it’s highly unlikely that you can do any new thing perfectly, you should allow some room for error. Very seldom can I get 24 hours right so you can only imagine how much damage I can do to 8,760 of them.
Last year, however, I adopted the idea of starting a new year whenever I want. Who says my 365 has to start on Jan. 1st? Why can’t it start (or start over) on any date I choose. Someone, somewhere decided the mention of .2422 of a day wasn’t necessary so why do I have to go a full 365 days? Maybe I want to tally up my success and failures at the half-year mark, have a toast and head out the stables again.
Party for 1
Grant it, the whole world won’t wish me Happy New Year multiple times a year, all of Atlanta won’t meet me downtown for the peach drop and my employer won’t give me that day off but that’s really not the point.
The point is I draw a line in the sand. I say enough is enough. I
want deserve better. And, by George, I can do that at anytime I darn well see fit.
READY MADE GOALS
Besides, have you ever noticed that goals are seldom ready to take on road? They need tweaking, reevaluation and…yes…sometimes, even put to the side for a short time. (Gasp!)
There have been some goals that I’ve agreed to only because someone else said, “Hey, let’s….” but, since my heart wasn’t in it, I eventually discarded it altogether. But that doesn’t mean that I am no longer worthy of the right to create a goal. It simply means my goals have to really mean something to me. Bright and shine, even if a group is going, isn’t normally enough.
Success by design
I’m more successful when I see each day as an opportunity to learn more about me. What I like, what I want, who I want around me (and for how long :)),and who I want to be when I grow up is all data that’s constantly being downloaded. I can’t possibly wait to until next Jan 1st to implement what I know works today.
I will always be about the buzz and excitement of a new year but, before that date, I’ll have logged many do overs and successes. Besides, this year, there’s 366 days…I won’t wait that long to celebrate new opportunities.
As far as your goals are concerned, have you ever decided midway (or earlier) during the year to change directions? If so, what happened? If not, are you willing to try it this year?