Manifest your way to new goals in the new year.
- You get a head start. A psychology study by Dr. Phillippa Lally suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. That means if you start right now, you may benefit from the advantage of already being in your routine upon the new year.
- It will take some of the pressure off. Let’s face it, the optimism of a new year can create feelings of both excitement and anxiety. Many people opt out of the time honored traditional view of making resolutions simply because it feels like a setup for let down. Having begun working on your goals already will relieve you of the pressure and looming deadline of having to begin on January 1.
- You have MORE time. It may not seem like much, but 21 days is a significant amount of time to get organized. Say your plan is to become healthier in the new year. Now is the perfect time to start creating meal prep plans or outline your new online course. Think of this as a trial run for the goal at hand. This way, by the time January is ushered in, you can determine if your goal was realistic or if you need to modify your plan.
- Because procrastinating makes it HARDER. The more you put off doing a task, the more anxiety you feel about doing it. Seriously. How many times have you postponed putting off a task at work or at home, only to let days go by before you finally resolve to, “Go ahead and get this done.” And by that point, it feels like a chore.
- Every day is an opportunity to start over. So you really don’t have to wait until New Years Day, or any other day. Try this tip: Start today, in some small way, then gradually increase your goal with the coming days. For example, if you plan to start working out, take a walk around your neighborhood or apartment complex on the first day, then decide by next week to increase it to 3 laps. Baby steps.
- You’ll be more likely to stick to them. An article published in the New York Times declared that most people give up their resolutions by January 17th. The reason for this may coincide with the point I made earlier regarding forming new habits. It is also possible that you are more likely to stick to your goals if you can “trick” yourself into believing that you started on your own time rather than the start of a new year.
- Because #2020. Do I even have to say it? At this point, all bets are off and the rulebook went out the window in late-March so, why not go against the grain? The past 11 months did.
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