Why wait until New Year to make new decisions?

New Year is a time for new beginnings, and it’s when many of us set out goals for the year ahead with the best intentions. But, unfortunately, 80% of those goals fail by February. And it’s no surprise, either.

That’s a lot of pressure put on ourselves to achieve something new for the entire year ahead, especially when we’re still on holiday mode for the first few days of January.

Since they’re so unsuccessful, why are New Year’s resolutions still so widely practiced? Why do we feel the need to wait for the first day of the year to go after our goals? I say, don’t wait! If you’ve got a goal in mind, then start working towards it as soon as you can. Don’t wait until next Monday or next year…do it now!

Start small

Ambition is an admirable trait, but the problem with many New Year’s resolutions is that they’re too ambitious. It’s important to be realistic when setting goals and targets. If someone who’s trying to lose weight sets a goal of losing one stone by the end of January, chances are high that they’ll fail and end up demotivated.

The same goes for professional goals. Rather than making big, sweeping statements about what you or your company are going to achieve this year, be more specific and set smaller targets and milestones you want to reach. Celebrate the small victories to keep your motivation up when working towards the long-term goals.

Start today

There’s no better time to start working towards your goals than right now, so what are you waiting for? Maybe you’ve already got goals and intentions in mind or maybe you need to sit down and think about your specific targets. This may involve sitting down with your colleagues and setting appropriate goals together.

You don’t need an excuse or a big holiday to start improving yourself, so stop waiting. If you need help setting personal or professional goals, get in touch at sarah@sarah-j.com for some guidance.