Why You Should Fulfill Your Resolutions BEFORE the New Year

The start of the new year is generally a time of optimism: This is your year. Youre going to lose that 10 pounds. Youre going to read 30 books. Youre going to start waking up and going for a run every single morning, rain or shine.   

But here’s the deal—millions of us commit to adopting new, better habits on January first. Millions of people, all striving to make massive self-improvements all at the same time. There is this sense of urgency, having come off a fun whirlwind of holiday festivities, to get back on track. Yet, a mere month later, 80 percent of us are unsuccessfully back at the drawing board. Failure.

Here’s the issue. Setting a New Year’s resolution puts too much pressure on the resolution-maker. Trying to make a major shift in your life cold turkey is ineffective. Lump that in with the social acceptability of failure (since the vast majority of us always fail to keep our resolutions), and you’re almost destined to achieve mediocrity. Everyone fails. Why bother?

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That’s why you should start working towards your New Year’s resolutions NOW.

Use the month of December to gradually increase the amount of vegetables on your plate, work up to an intense workout schedule or take those painting classes. Improve your life now, and you’ll start 2019 by actually accomplishing something, not by focusing on “fixing” the areas where you feel like you’re lacking. Think about it. No pressure. No pomp and circumstance. By January 1st, you’ll be sitting pretty, feeling great about the progress you made, no stress. What a great way to start a year!

Also, be realistic with your expectations. Have you heard that it only takes 21 days to form a new habit? Well that’s only kind of true.

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According to the original research conducted by Dr. Maxwell Maltz in the 1950s, it actually takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit or become adjusted to a new version of reality. Yes, minimum. The truth is, there is no magic number. If you’re still struggling with your new habit or goal after three weeks, don’t give in. Some habits just take longer to set in.

Be patient with yourself, start small, and start now. Think of all the progress you will have made by the time the February blues set in and throw everyone else into a resolution tailspin. The small shifts that you started in December will be strong, full-fledged habits by then—February be damned! Don’t put your goals off until January. It really pays to get a head start on your dreams.

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Essentially, the key to a successful New Year’s resolution lies in not treating it like one. We should always be working to improve ourselves, and taking conscious small steps in December—before the hyped up New Year’s rush—can make a world of difference in how you feel about yourself and your potential for progress when 2019 hits.

What resolution will you be working on for 2019? Share and support the community in the comments section below!  

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32 comments

Jetana A
Jetana A23 days ago

29 days ago I posted here that I liked this idea. Then I forgot about it in the flurry of beginning a coaching biz launch during the holidays. I realize now that I DID ACTUALLY take "kaizen" [baby] steps toward my goal of having a successful part-time blissness in 2019. YAY!

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Tabot T
Tabot T25 days ago

Everyday is a great day to start new habits

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Mia B
Mia B25 days ago

thank you for sharing

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Lesa D
Past Member about a month ago

thank you Jordyn...

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Louise R
Past Member 1 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Val P
Val P1 months ago

interesting

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Jetana A
Jetana A1 months ago

I like this idea! Thanks

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Danuta W
Danuta W1 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A1 months ago

Thank you

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Wesley S
Wesley Struebing1 months ago

Why make resolutions that you;re only going to break anyway? Just set yourself some realistic goals no matter the time of year. That way you're not putting yourself under unnecessary pressure and unrealistic expectations.

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