It’s that time of year. The end of one. The start of another.
And I know you are tempted to do what you always do. You want to make a resolution.
Stop! Don’t do it.
You made a resolution last year. Remember? Look how long that lasted.
I believe there’s a time and a place for a person to make resolutions. I just don’t think that time and place occurs on January 1 of each year. I believe in resolutions. I just don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.
You can scour the web for all kinds of tools and resources to help you keep your resolution. You have the best of intentions. But at some point in the next few weeks, people start walking away from the resolutions they set on January 1.
A new calendar doesn’t mean a new life.
From my experience, the reason most people fail to commit beyond the 21 day window for their New Year’s Resolution is that they didn’t have a good reason to commit in the first place.
A date on the calendar is not sufficient enough motivation to make major, daily changes in your life.
If you know you need to make a change, make it today.
If you know you need to exercise, start right now.
If you know you want to write a book, take two hours today and write.
If you want to stop doing something, stop today.
Most of the time, we focus on what we want to do. But we don’t spend much time thinking about why we want to do it.
Here’s the secret: If you want to make YOUR resolution stick, you have to start with Y.
Y = WHY
Most people fail because the reason why they make a resolution is because it’s January 1. That’s not a very powerful why.
I’m not saying you can’t start on January 1. I’m just more interested to know why you want to start in the first place. And if you have a really good reason, a powerful why, then why would you wait? Why not start right now?