I’m someone who loves setting goals. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than ticking a box or crossing something off my list. So, with an addiction to the feeling of accomplishment, why do I seem to have so much trouble completing tasks sometimes?
I’m a “tomorrow-er”.
Okay, so I totally made that term up but I’m sure you get the idea. I have all of these things I want to do but always push them off with a simple, “I’ll start tomorrow.” More often than not, tomorrow comes and I push it off to the next day, and the next, and…well, you get the idea. Soon, weeks or even months have gone by and these big dreams I had at one point never come to fruition.
When I left for my semester abroad back in August, I challenged myself. I was tired of being a tomorrow-er. I wanted to make a goal and start working towards it the moment I formed it in my head.Want to eat a more balanced diet? No time like the present. There’s a museum exhibit I want to see? Mark it down at a specific date and time on my calendar. I want to get into yoga? Buy my monthly pass online right now.
The minute I transformed my mindset from “tomorrow” to “right now” my life began to change. I was finally doing all the things I had always wanted to do, but could never seem to make happen in the past. Instead of putting some arbitrary time in my mind to begin a new task, I made concrete plans in order to accomplish everything I wanted.
So what does this have to do with New Year’s resolutions?
I think we all love the idea of a clean slate. That’s why we all wait anxiously the start of a new school year, the first day at a new job, and the first day of the new year. It’s an exciting opportunity to reclaim ourselves and our goals. However, we often forget that the clean slate can be created at anytime. We have the power to decide when and where and how we want to start over and move forward.
January 1st is dangerous because we all have things that we want to accomplish right now but we push back and delay our dreams and desires so we can pay heed to some date on a calendar. I challenge you to embrace this idea of the new clean slate. You can begin with a clean slate every single day if you like! I know I have weeks where I do. Or, if you have a really bad morning who’s to say you can’t start a clean slate in the middle of your 1 pm lecture?
Take charge of your life and own your dreams. Don’t let others tell you when it’s a “good time” to begin working towards the things you’ve always wanted.