5 REASONS SMART PEOPLE START THEIR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS NOW!

The build-up is intense, and the anxiety around it even more so: we’re inching closer to the New Year, when millions of people vow to shake off their habits and become better versions of themselves. But what does that really mean? Is it good to lump all of our goals together like this, approaching them like an explorer scaling Everest?

Life coaching has taught me the value of preemptive thinking – changes have more intent if they’re made sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons why smart people start their New Year resolutions now:

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  1. Avoid the pressure

Listing everything you want to accomplish, and trying to hit those targets all at once, makes a single achievement harder to reach. Too much pressure can dim your enthusiasm, like jumping into a hot bath instead of letting the water warm around you. Stretching out your intentions one at a time, with gentle beginnings, is a far more effective way to make long-term impacts on your behaviour and lifestyle.

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  1. Understand what you’re aiming for

We all pursue momentary interests now and then, the kind that fizzle out after we realise they aren’t really for us. The New Year pledge pushes us towards a definite, prioritised category of new skills we’d like to have, or people we want to be closer to. But are they really what you want? Testing the truth of these ideas is much easier when it doesn’t feel like a starting gun has been fired on the 1st January.

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  1. Practice makes perfect

In a similar vein, very few changes of any significance happen overnight. There has to be planning involved, and scheduling, and a real sense that a New Year’s resolution will have a dedicated portion of your energy to play with. By getting past the first stages of your goals right now, you’ll already have a head-start by the time 2017 arrives.

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  1. January’s never easy

It’s slightly bonkers to me that so many people fall into the resolution trap, because January is a struggle by any standard. Quite apart from the fact that you’ve been on holiday for a week or two, returning to the doldrums of work, there isn’t much cash going spare for new activities to be supported. Make do with what you have, in this instance, and lessen the strain of a dark and exhaustive month.

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  1. To break a habit, you make a habit

Whether you want to lose weight, cut out smoking, get that promotion or wean yourself off social media, none of this will happen without dedication and mental strength. Bad habits have a hold on us because we let them. The more time you can set aside for change to blossom, the likelier it’ll become a habit of its own, meaning you won’t even have to think about remembering what’s good for you.

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The New Year is a snapshot of our desires – we all want to strive for more, see amazing things, and be happy in ourselves. Life coaching can help you overcome those resolution blues; my bespoke coaching packages are designed to draw out the best version of you, and bring whatever’s on the horizon within reach.

If you’re looking to get a head-start on your New Year resolutions download your FREE Discovery Action Pack and take the first steps to moving from ‘where you are’ to ‘where you want to be’.

Until next we speak… be more tomorrow than you are today.

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