No, my calendar isn't off by two months!
Most New Year's resolutions fail because we set ourselves up for too much. Suddenly, after a holiday season that seemingly starts with trick-or-treating, morphs into Thanksgiving and practically explodes into Christmas, we decide to lose weight, read more, save money, quit smoking, exercise, get back in touch with our spirituality ... the list can be endless. We set ourselves up for failure by trying to do too much, sometimes all at once.
It's as though we still believe that a clean slate is magic in some way, and that January 1 makes a better clean slate than November 1.
But Saturday is November 1, and you have two more months to make awesome things happen for yourself in THIS year. If we want to lose weight, imagine the head start we'll give ourselves if we start now -- and are able to keep ourselves on a steady path through the holidays. If we want to save money, imagine how great it will feel to budget our holiday spending and stick to it. If we want to exercise, or sign up for a class, or quit smoking, the truth is we could be well on our way by New Year's Day, and have something truly worth celebrating.
What is your brand new New Year's Resolution, something you'll start working on now and celebrate your progress on Jan. 1, 2009?
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