New year New Goals! I am going to start my side project in 2021. I am going to start exercising daily in 2021. I am going to smoke less in 2021.
But why? Why should we wait for the new year before starting?
This realisation struck me as I was watching Ryan Serhant (one of America’s top real estate broker) latest vlog: You’re WASTING Your Time. In his introduction, he said: “Why wait? It makes no f**king sense.”
He then goes on and talks about the importance of seizing the present and putting in the work consistently for your dreams.
Many of us have our personal projects that we will like to start doing. It can be starting a side hustle like writing or doing youtube, executing a new fitness plan or even starting to save consistently.
However, many times we like to procrastinate and tell ourselves to start our projects later, perhaps start on a new day or even a new year. New year resolutions are common because it is a promise, a personal commitment to do something that will improve your life in the coming year. It invokes the feeling of renewed hope.
Yet, it makes no difference. There is no point waiting for a new year to start a change when you can just start it now. In fact, it is better to start now as you can achieve your goals faster. If the resolution means so much to you, just do it today.
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So yes, start today. Even if it just a couple of days before 2021, it does not hurt by starting now. By starting a couple of days earlier, you are a few steps closer to your goals. Acting now also creates a positive feedback mechanism that creates further emotional reactions and inspirations and moves on to motivate your future actions.
Just by taking action today and starting before the new year can actually create a strong mindset that is essential in sticking to your commitment in the long run.
This is because you are telling yourself that this project is a non-negotiable one and you can and will commit to it, regardless of the occasion.
Only 23% of people who set a New Year’s resolution actually follow through with them according to a survey by FranklinCovey. Thus, if you treat each day as a gift and seize the present moment instead of waiting for the magical first day of the year, you realized that you have a greater chance of following through with your goals.
Let’s start today for a better tomorrow.
This post was previously published on medium.com.
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