It’s only a few months until the end of 2019 and that means it’s a perfect time to start thinking about the 2020 goals or new year resolutions. Most people make such resolutions or objectives of some sort, but why wait until the last day of the year to start? Let’s be proactive this year! You don’t have to wait until January first to put some goals down on paper!
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” – Jack Canfield
Let’s Succeed Together In 2020
While studies show that less than 10 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions felt they were able to meet or keep those objectives, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them. In fact, you may as well start thinking of such goals now and making the list early could even help you keep those objectives since you’ll have more time to plan for them and determine how to be successful meeting them.
Be Ahead Of The Game
For one thing, it won’t make more work in the long run. Some studies even have shown that waiting until January first actually caused the person to be less successful. For instance, if your goal is to lose some weight, if you make that goal known far in advance of the end of the year holiday eating frenzy, you will likely have a better chance in not gaining instead of losing since you know in advance you have told yourself you are going to lose weight.
Otherwise, you will just tell yourself it’s fine to overeat since your New Year’s resolution doesn’t start until January first, so making that goal now could be a tremendous advantage.
Another reason to start making those goals for the new year ahead of time is because it helps to avoid procrastination. If you wait until January even though you know that whatever the goal is you are setting is important, then you will just stress yourself out counting down the days until the resolution takes effect.
Stay Confident And Laser Focused
A lot of people have shown that the only reason they held off on making the goal until the first day of the year was because they really had no confidence in themselves for achieving it and likely never planned on trying that hard to begin with. They just delude themselves into thinking that they will be better off emotionally once the new year begins, but if you instead make that resolution a few weeks in advance, then that causes it to sink in longer and you have time to build up your confidence and convince yourself that you CAN accomplish it.
Let’s Warm-up Our Goals
Plus in the winter, a lot of people suffer from SAD, which is seasonal affective disorder. This is when the darkness and cold of the winter season cause people to hole up and be depressed and then after the holiday excitement wears off, they are even more let down and feeling sorry for themselves. That isn’t the best mood or timeframe to tell yourself you are going to achieve whatever goals you what to accomplish in the following year to come.
Instead, if you make your goals known during a timeframe when it’s not cold and dark outside and there are no holidays to deter your mind from concentrating on those goals, then you have much better odds of accomplishing them. Your mind will be clearer and so will your resolve to do whatever you need to do to make your goals come to fruition.
The Power Of Habit
Another reason to begin early is that any new habit takes at least 21 days to sink in, according to studies done on it. So if you make those goals now then by the time the new year arrives, the new habit will be firmly embedded and should already seem like something you automatically do anyway so it isn’t so hard to keep on doing it.
Goals: Remember 2020 Is Your Year
Yet another reason to begin making those goals and objectives now instead of waiting until January first is that it makes it more about you and tells others that whatever that goal is, it is very important to you, too important to wait until the traditional time of making a resolution. You would be doing it because it is important for you and not just because it is the seasonal thing and everyone is expected to make some resolutions for the new year.
In this way, you aren’t doing it because something magical occurs after midnight on January first to cause a resolution to become more valid. You are saying that enough is enough and it’s time to make my decision here and now, as it’s the best thing for me to do and your mind is made up. You are serious about it and aren’t doing it just because of the holiday, so you are again much more likely to be successful in achieving it.
So, instead of waiting until New Year’s Day to announce your objectives and goals, get busy now and determine what they are without delay! Make that commitment to change now and create some realistic short as well as long-term plans. You’ll be glad you did! Good luck in 2020 dear savvy readers!