The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is Now. Chinese Proverb.
A friend asked me a few days ago: So what are your New Years resolutions for this year. Well, I don’t have any. Why not? Because I’m already doing the things I want me to do.
This does not mean that I don’t have any vices. I do. For example, I eat large quantities of chocolate (dark, exclusively). I do have a few drinks every once in a while. And I skip stretching every fourth or fifth time I go skiing, cycling or running. I’m a coffee addict. But I’m fine with these habits. For now, at least.
The reason I don’t do New Years Resolutions is much more blunt: I’ve always had the principle in life that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing now. So if there’s a habit I want to create or break, I start it from the very same moment that the thought crosses my mind and I make a conscious decision to do that. There’s really no reason to wait for the New Year or new month or my Xth birthday to make that change. Remember, the best time to break that bad habit was twenty years ago, but the next best time is right now.
This attitude increases the success ratio significantly. The main reason is that you have the most motivation at this very moment, not next week, month or a year. If you start now, then by the time you have second thoughts, you already have a little bit of history with the new habit. That history (even if a short one) will be a big help to push through those difficult times when they come. And they certainly will.
You won’t have this kind of additional boost with your New Years Resolution. In fact, does it really make sense to start creating a new positive habit on the day when the chances are that you sleep through midday and might wake up with a little headache?
So, dear reader. I challenge you here – what’s the one thing that you want to change in you? Why not start it immediately, right now, at the very moment? Yes we can! (and not in the US 2008 way)