Are You Falling into This End of the Year Trap?

It's THAT time of year.   You know the one.

People are planning Thanksgiving menus, putting together Christmas shopping lists, and of course, considering prospective 2018 resolutions.  They sound a little bit like this:

"2018 will be MY year." 

"I swear I'm gonna get my life together once the new year starts." 

That "New Year Optimism" is starting to creep into advertisements, social media posts, and conversations with friends.    And each time I encounter it, I let out an exasperated sigh.   Not because I don't believe in personal change (because you KNOW I do), but because I've been there: anxiously awaiting a "significant" date to make a change in my life.  

But I'm gonna go ahead and call bullshit on that practice.  

You don't need to wait until the new year to start making changes to improve your life!  And if you do wait, you're literally cheating yourself out of time. 

I used to believe that the best time to start making a change was at the beginning of a new year, or a new month.   That somehow, the first day of anything would make my transitions less messy and that the momentum of the date itself would make it easier for me to follow through on my decision.   And you know what happened?  Nothing.  I would find some excuse to push my plans back until a "perfect time", which never really came along. 

I had to stop relying on the power of a new month, or a new year, or a "perfect time" to start working towards my goals.  

It's a solid six weeks until 2017 is declared done.  What can YOU make happen in six weeks?

The only thing you need to wait to do after the new year is to file your taxes.  Those W-2s aren't coming any sooner.  Your goals, though?  You can start working on those right now.  

Want to get a new job?  Dust off that resume tonight.  Want to tackle a half marathon next year?  Lace up those shoes and make a visit to your local park.  Want a boo for Valentine's Day?  Now's the time to shoot your shot.

Don't let yourself fall into the traditional "new year optimism" trap.   The best way to ensure you get what you want in 2018 is to make the most of the time you have right now.   

And what if you have no idea what you want?  Or you have so many goals, you're not sure where to start? 

I've got more on that for you soon.  Check back here soon - or, sign up here and I'll send a reminder straight to your inbox.

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