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Why You Should Start Now on Your New Year's Resolution

Why start your New Year's resolutions before the ball drops? Here are 6 convincing reasons why you ought to start now!

Why You Should Start Now on Your New Year's Resolution

Crowded gyms, drafted budgeting forms, purchased new gym shoes… 

It is THAT time of year again. Yes, we are talking about making popular New Year's resolutions of losing weight, saving money, learning new things, amongst the many.

The New Year is a time people make resolutions, though not all are successful in achieving them. In fact, a whopping 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail based on a U.S. News Report.

But the startling New Year's resolution statistics do not stop there. Only 9.2 percent actually achieve their New Year goal or at least feel like they were successful in doing so.

Break free from the statistics and tradition by starting your New Year's resolutions now!

6 Reasons to Start New Year's Resolutions Now

Why start your New Year's resolutions before the ball drops? Here are 6 convincing reasons why you ought to start now!

1. There is never a better time than now.

What inadvertently designated January 1st as a time to set resolutions dates back centuries ago. According to History, New Year's Resolutions became a "thing" thanks to the ancient Babylonians.

But rather than celebrating New Year's as we know it today, their celebration began in mid-March when new crops were planted. So really, there is no definitive reason why we turn to the New Year to create personal resolutions.

The best time to start is now, as waiting to feel more confident and comfortable is all relative. Jumping into unfamiliar territory may be unnerving, though there is no better time to take the first step!

2. You can make major headway between now and the new year.

Bad habits take time to break while good ones take time to build, so why wait another minute? Getting ahead of the game can make some major headway towards a new goal and who does not like a head start?

Besides, people regularly use the holidays as an excuse to overindulge. "Oh, I'm starting my weight loss plan at the start of the new year, anyway, what is another plate of food?" Or, "Merry Christmas to me!" after purchasing the newest and largest television screen.

This is not to say one cannot still enjoy favorite seasonal foods and treat themselves to new toys over the holidays. What it does mean, though, is that having intended and structured goals can influence positive choices.

3. Reduce pressure and stress that can come with making resolutions and change.

Whether it be to lose weight or learn something new, there can be anticipation and innate pressure built around resolutions. And procrastinating to start on them can lead to stress and anxiety around the goal and anticipated change.

While some may thrive on this pressure, others may not do so. By starting now, you can relieve some of this stress and propel towards your goals with stride.

4. Motivation may take a hit around and following the holidays.

The holidays are often filled with love, joy, and overall excitement, though not all experience these positive feelings. Some may experience the so-called "holiday blues" and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Many factors can cause the holiday blues, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and changes in tradition. SAD, also known as seasonal depression, tends to occur in the fall and winter months when daylight grows shorter.

Experiencing either or both can really take a toll on mood and motivation and zap any energy to make positive changes. The utmost success often lies between consistent and stable motivation, which may be found at this very moment.

5. Your now = your goal.

With close friends and family creating New Year's resolution, you may feel forced or persuaded to do the same. Whereas a support system frequently accelerates success, it is important to also tackle goals on your own terms.

Forced, artificial obligations are more likely to extinguish if the natural motivation is not evident and apparent. All-in-all, the best New Year’s resolution is the one you want for yourself.

6. You are more likely to make a realistic goal.

It is all too common to get overzealous when making New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, although big goals are admirable, they can leave you overwhelmed and discouraged and quickly backfire.

As most are quick to jump the gun at New Year's, starting now can lead to more realistic goals. Sitting down to rationalize thoughts helps transpire into well-constructed goals and foreseeable action.

New Year's Goals Ideas & Tips

As a basic guideline, use the goal-setting acronym "SMART" to achieve the greatest resolution success!

Specific: The identified goal should be clear and precise, answering the questions of who, what, when, where, and why? Generic goals may inhibit proper focus and needed efforts to achieve them.

Measurable: A measurable goal is essential to track progress and deadline setting, ultimately keeping you motivated throughout the process. A measurable goal may identify "how much?" and "how many?"

Achievable: As previously mentioned, your goal should be attainable. Whereas goals should be challenging, they still should remain achievable. Answering, "How can I accomplish this goal?" can help identify resources and tools. It also surfaces potential barriers that may need to be overcome.

Realistic: Goals should be realistic and within reason. So stay honest with yourself and consider all the abilities and commitments needed to acquire anticipated goals.

Timely: Goals need target dates and times to keep you progressively moving towards it. Timely goals further help you prioritize everyday responsibilities, keeping desired goals at the forefront. They can also assist in accomplishing day-to-day tasks that align with a longer-term target goal.

A couple of New Year's resolution ideas using a "smarter" tactic may include:

Example #1: "I want to eat healthy and lower my risk of heart disease this year."

Smarter goal: "I will aim to eat at least. I will schedule and attend annual routine visits with my doctor to keep in the know of my heart and overall health."

Example #2: "I want to spend more time learning a new language."

Smarter goal: "Instead of playing video games or scrolling through social media in my free time, I will designate at least 15 minutes per day reading a book informing on the language."

At the end of the year day, create structured goals meaningful to you!

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Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on December 05, 2019. Updated on December 09, 2019.


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