How Not To Break Your New Years Resolutions
"My New Year's Resolution was to lose 20 pounds, I only have 30 pounds to go."
I always laugh when I see that posted on Facebook or somewhere. It's one of those sayings that's funny because it's so common and everyone can relate.
It may not be about weight, it could be to go back to school, start working out or build an online income.
The point is that we've all picked an arbitrary date from which point we were going to do "X" and didn't follow through.
There's nothing magical about January 1st, your birthday or any other self-imposed starting point.
I'm not saying that there isn't a best time to start, just that that they seldom work, same goes for setting them as a deadline.
As you may have guessed, I'm not big on goals, I'm big on direction.
As in "Is the direction I'm going in right now moving me towards or away from where I want to be or my desired outcome?"
Buried in the above quote is the best time to start. "Right now."
To paraphrase Jim Rohn, You can't change your situation right now, however you can change your direction right now.
If you can stay headed in the right direction in the moment you'll have your best chance for success.
Plus the added benefit of less stress and regret
This post is an example of right now. The dog was over snuggling and woke me up at 3 am. Then my mind fired up with an idea for a post.
So I got up, grabbed a cup of coffee and outlined the post for later. Then of course I got to thinking about this post.
My pup got up too and is crashed on my feet. You dog owners can probably relate.
As long as I'm up so early I'll take him to the beach in awhile so we can watch the sunrise. The beach is only about 3 minutes away.
I'll have some coffee and he'll romp around and get sand everywhere. Not a bad way to start the day.
Especially since I'll have already done something to help me in the direction I want to go today.
Later on my daily siesta will be a little more welcome than usual.
Back to right now, above I mentioned two key concepts, "right now and in the moment."
Think about them for a moment.
For example you want to lose 20 pounds or make a bazillion dollars by whenever and you just scarfed a whole bag of Cheetos or haven't paid attention to building your business for a week(s).
When you were in those moments back then you weren't headed in the right direction, however right now in this moment you can get back on track.
If you're out of Cheetos you're already moving in the right direction or if it's your business spend a few minutes, as little as 5 or 10 focused on your direction.
If your problem is both the Cheetos and your business then you get double the benefit. There's always a silver lining.
You don't have to be chained to doing something headed towards your desired outcome every second, that would exhausting.
Try not to do things that will set you back and make sure you spend enough moments each day in the right direction.
Drop out of autopilot every once in awhile and be aware of what you're doing right then, in that moment.
I hope you've found that the best way not to break your New Year's resolution is not to make one.