We are already a month through 2018.
It seems that everyone I’ve spoken to has remarked about how fast January flew by. So we are 4 weeks down, making it the perfect time to consider our end of 2017 goals, behaviour changes and life improvements that we set for ourselves.
It’s odd there are still ‘New Year, New You’ promotions appearing on my social media, of course it’s always the right time to initiate positive change, but procrastinating making a change for this amount of time needs some investigation.
Personally, I think the emphasis of one-off transformation of resolutions is over-hyped and can be destructive to building positive new habits. For example, whilst a new calendar is symbolically important for a ‘fresh start,’ there is no real reason why any change that seems important at the end of the calendar could not have happened in December, or November, or at any other time it came to your attention.
Apparently, 80% of resolutions fail by February (see here), perhaps this is indicative of the obligation to want better by listing off unclear, non-SMART and non-directive goals.
- Eat better
- Get fit
- Save more
These are not good goals but they are all resolutions that I’ve made for myself and that people I work with have told me about. It’s running the same script year-in and year-out, and its no wonder that they fail, and that these resolutions reappear year-to-year.
If you missed the point with your resolutions, consider these questions and take massive action towards a chain right now…
- How will you know that you’ve succeeded with your goal?
- How will it make you feel?
- What number/metric can you use to track progress?
- How often will you track progress?
- What can be done to reward progress towards your goal?
February is as good a time as New Year. In fact, it’s probably better because by now, we’ve left holiday and celebrations and we’re back to the hustle of everyday life.
“The days are long, but the years are short.” — Gretchen Rubin
Now is the second-best time to start, the best time was last year.
p.s. I recently listened to Tim Ferriss’ interview with Gretchen Rubin and I think it’s really worth a listen here for anybody interested in personal experimentation, happiness, habits and just a fresh perspective.
p.p.s. On a personal interest note, Dan Carlin recently launched a new Blitz episode focusing on the history of pain as entertainment here. Prepare to question ‘human-ness!’