I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I’ve never made any changes that last longer than a few weeks off the back of them.
And perhaps that’s why my January has largely been more of the same. The things I’m good at, I continue to be good at; the things I’m bad at show no signs of improvement.
I wanted to start writing short stories this year; so far I’ve done nothing, barely even picked up a pen to make notes.
But here’s a thought…
…imagine if what you do in January sets the tone for the rest of 2018. Imagine if doing something in the next five days means you will continue to do it, and not doing that same thing means that it won’t happen for you this year.
If you want to start running, tell yourself that unless you go for that first run before January is out, you won’t go running at all this year. If you want to powerlift, pumping some iron before the month is out means you’ll keep doing it all year.
Why the arbitrary deadline? Well, it’s no more arbitrary than the calendar changing to New Year’s Day. And the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see progress.
It’s all about setting up a template for yourself and your future success.
I believe that forming good habits is the key. Training is only optimised one session at a time. Stories are only written paragraph by paragraph.
If you’re reading this and you have any sort of ambition for 2018 at all, I challenge you write a post about it and commit to starting by February first. If you link to your post in the comments below, I promise to come and ask you how it’s going on Thursday next week!
In the meantime, I’m off to start writing…