The holiday season is a time of indulgence. There are peppermint lattes, gingerbread cookies, Christmas cakes, and chocolates lurking around every corner. (And at every seasonal party!) Not to mention overspending and all of those extra trips to the grocery store. While the holiday season is undoubtedly a time to relax and enjoy life…. many of us tend to overdo it. Which is why those New Years Resolutions always come at the perfect time. Here’s an idea as we approach the holiday season: start your New Years Resolutions now! Sound crazy? Think it's too early to start thinking about resolutions? Here are a few of the most important reasons to begin your resolutions well before January 1st rolls around.
It Will Help You Find Balance. Balance? What is that? Around the holiday season that is a word that is rarely used. Here is the thing: no one is expecting you to give up holiday chocolates or avoid that beloved turkey dinner....even if your New Years Resolution is to lose weight. However, starting early allows you to create a little more balance in your life. This is essential. Especially with all of those work parties, get togethers with friends, and family dinners on your calendar in the next month or so. Working on your New Years Resolution in November and December will help you cut back, re-think, and ultimately create a sense of stability. One that is so often missing in the midst of the holiday madness.
There Is Less Pressure To Fail. Realistically, most New Years Resolutions fail. In fact, it is estimated that only 8% of resolutions end in success. We know this, but that never seems to stop us from making plans. One of the perks of starting on your resolutions early means there is a lot less pressure. There is nothing worse than setting a goal for yourself only to watch it fade away by week two. Starting early gives you a jump start on that resolution…. without all of the stress that goes along with it. Not enough of a reason to start now? Think of it this way. By the time January 1st does roll around, you can use the new year as a way to renew your dedication to the positive changes you have embraced.
It Gives You More Time To Visualize Your Goals. It is all well and good to have a vague idea of what you want in the year to come. Actually, that is a great starting point! But when it comes to success? To actually achieving those goals? Vague notions and fuzzy ideas are not going to cut it. So use the extra time you have to your advantage. Really think about your resolutions. What are they? How will they impact your life and day-to-day schedule? What will you do to make those goals attainable and realistic? Write down everything you can to shape them into a realistic action plan. Put intention into your resolutions and success rate will skyrocket.
January 1st is often viewed as a clean slate…. but why wait? Your clean slate can start right now. Don’t put off living the life you want. The life you deserve. Start your New Years Resolutions early.
When will you start your resolutions? Are you excited for the holiday season?