Don’t wait for January 1, start your resolutions now

Nigerian singer, Simi has advised her followers to start their new year resolution now if they have any instead of waiting for the traditional January 1st.

 

But why do we wait until the first of January to decide to make changes in the first place?

It is similar to people who avoid celebrating any other commercial holiday where you’re told to show your love: Why should we wait for a particular day to let a person know how much we care for them? Why not do it each day or each week?

The issue with waiting for one day to change your whole year is that it isn’t realistic. It puts a lot of pressure on you to make big changes all at once.

This year you may hear resolutions which include changing career paths, starting a family, buying a home and a lot more that would often come from one person.

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to go big but it’s a tall feat to accomplish and can be hard to the point of inaction.

So this year, we suggest you forego new year’s resolutions and try the following tips instead:

1. Weekly check-ins

The importance of a high-level meeting cannot be stressed enough. Use these meetings to ask yourself questions to check whether you’re on the right path.

Some of them may include:

Did I do all that I could to:

make clear plans towards achieving my goals?

find meaning?

be happy?

build healthy relationships?

be fully engaged?

You can come up with your own questions, but weekly check-ins can help you stay focused throughout the year in order to continue your progress no matter what time of the year it is.

2. Break it down

If you want to buy a house, instead of writing down ‘looking for places,’ break it down further to:

Write a list of sites, companies, and people who could assist you on your property search.
Next, you could contact one or more of those people on a regular basis and so on.

It may sound tedious but it will help you immensely in the long run.

3. Connect with your feelings

This isn’t as cheesy as it may sound. Many of us spend our lives being too busy to stop and see what is inside of us. However, if you do not know what you’re feeling, it can be difficult to navigate in the best direction possible.

This year, take a little time out of your schedule to ask yourself what you are feeling.  Learn to call the emotion by its name because the better you’re able to identify what is happening inside of you, the better you’ll be able to take full control all year round, and not just come the first of January.

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