Yup, if on January 1, 2010 you’re planning to go on a diet, start exercising, lose weight, go to bed earlier, get up earlier, stop drinking, stop smoking, insert-your-favorite-resolution-here, then you should just forget about it now and move on.
Wanna know why? It’s simple really.
You should just give up now because you’ve already set yourself up for failure.
If that goal is so important to you, and you’re not committed to starting it on December 3rd, then flipping the calendar to a new year isn’t going to change your level of commitment.
Face it Skippy, if losing weight was a big deal to you, you’d start now. Waiting for January 1 so you can call it your New Year’s resolution is simply an excuse for not taking action today.
Oh sure, you’ll be a truckload of motivation on January 1st. You know as well as I do that will last until somewhere around January 15th, maybe the 21st, but that’s pushing it. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you haven’t accomplished your 2009 New Year’s resolution yet. Better hurry, you’ve only got three weeks left to go on that one.
If you’ve got an excuse now for waiting until New Year’s, you’ll just come up with a different excuse come mid-January. It’s easy, there’s a million of them.
And don’t give me the “I can’t start now because of the holidays” line. That is such a total pile of crap. It’s December 3rd. What exactly do you have going on for the next couple of weeks that’s preventing you from eating right and exercising?
Whatever you just told yourself is bullshit.
I don’t care what you’ve got going on, you can start to eat right and exercise right now. Eating right is simply choosing not to eat crap. You choose every single item that goes into your mouth, so start making good choices.
And exercise? You can get a workout done in 20 minutes. I’m pretty sure you can take a 20 minute break from surfing Facebook or watching Biggest Loser to do some bodyweight squats and pushups.
The bottom line is that if you’ve started thinking about a New Year’s resolution, stop. Start thinking about a December 3rd resolution and take action today.
Dave Soucy is an entrepreneur, coach, trainer, motivator, husband, dad, and former fat guy. Learn more about him here.