The new year is quickly approaching and that means it’s about time that everyone starts thinking about what their “New Year’s Resolutions” will be this year. Maybe they’re the same as last year, maybe they’re the same as they have been for ten years. That’s not uncommon. New Year’s Resolutions are goals that we all set for ourselves that are followed zealously for a few days, maybe a few weeks, before we forget about them and realize that without the excitement of the new year, they are simply lacking. New Year’s Resolutions are goals that realistically can and should be implemented at any time throughout the year, not solely when the calendar changes.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the refreshing feeling of a clean slate, a new start, but that clean slate can be achieved on day during the year. Create it for yourself. Allow yourself to start over, whether it be in January or June. Don’t wait for the new year to become a new you. Don’t wait for New Year’s Day to start working on the goals that you have set for yourself. Start right now. Start whenever it feels right. There’s something about referring to our goals as “New Year’s Resolutions” that keeps us from sticking to them. Because, like I said, without the excitement of the new year, they’re simply forgotten.
So I challenge you this year–I challenge you today–to do away with your list of New Year’s Resolutions and rather, make yourself a list of Personal Goals, goals that can be started now, goals that can be started two months from now. The new year is not the only time that we are able to start over and wipe our slates clean. It can be done all year round, and I challenge you this year to live that out.