The start of a new year is always filled with motivation. Motivation to finally achieve your goals and to create new, often healthy, habits. The most popular New Year’s resolutions seem to be those of cutting out sugary foods, going to the gym, and finally getting started on those personal projects. These are positive and optimistic goals to be starting a new year with. Especially because a new year tends to feel like a fresh start. Almost like a free “reset” button on your habits.
I, too, share these New Year’s resolutions. The difference for me personally is that I didn’t start my New Year’s resolutions on January 1st. I started way back last August, when I moved to a new place. And while this somewhat felt like New Year’s resolutions, or rather “New Place” resolutions, I got a head start. Or maybe not a head start, but a stronger start.
When people choose to change their habits at the start of the New Year, I personally feel like those new habits are in a dangerous spot. There is a hype around starting a new habit in the New Year. But what are we doing the weeks before starting this new habit? Often the exact opposite. We are eating the foods that we’ll be cutting out, we tend to not make time for exercising. And I am guilty of that too. I’ve eaten many sweets over the holidays and haven’t exercised much because a big joy of vacation is waking up without an alarm and starting your day however you please. So when we start our New Year’s resolutions on January 1st (often hungover or tired from staying up), we aren’t in a great starting-state.
I believe that when people really want to change their habits and way of life, such as exercising more, making time for their projects, or eating differently, that they can start this new habit at any moment in time. There is no need to wait for the New Year to start. We can choose to do something different every day that we are alive. We are allowed to change our goals and opinions and choices.
So I started my New Year’s resolutions back in August. And yes, I took advantage of the fact that I moved to a new place to do so, but why wouldn’t I? The opportunity presented itself and I took it! My desired new habits came from a place within me that desired change.
So now, January 3rd, I have started my New Year strongly, because my habits were already somewhat integrated, and even though I took a break over the holidays, I was able to kick-off my new year with motivation. Not motivation that is sparked by the “new year-new me” idea, but rather, motivation of continuing already integrated habits and goals into my New Year.
I hope for you that you pull through and stick out your New Year’s resolutions to make them full time habits (if that is what you desire), or not, if you don’t want to. Either way, I hope you enjoy your small boost of motivation!