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Staying Ahead of the Pack: Tackling New Year's Resolutions Before the Countdown

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

Can you believe we're about to bid farewell to yet another year? As we gear up for the festivities and start dreaming about the possibilities that lie ahead, there's something that I would like to propose—let's tackle those New Year's resolutions before the clock strikes midnight. Why wait for the ball to drop when we can get a head start on our new goals?

Reflecting on the Journey:

Before we dive into the resolution game, take a moment to reflect on the journey that you've had thus far. The highs, the lows, the unexpected twists—each experience has shaped you into the individual that you are today. Celebrate the victories, learn from the challenges, and use these lessons to fuel your aspirations for the coming year.

Why Wait? Let's Dive In:

So, why jump into the resolution action now? Well, it's all about staying ahead of the pack. I have never been a fan of procrastination, although I am admittedly still getting acquainted with doing the opposite. However, one of the areas that I have made a concerted effort to actively chase are my goals and ambitions. I truly believe that by setting our resolutions early, we're not just riding the wave of change; we're making our own waves.

I encourage you to do the same, and to apply that attitude towards your goals even after the New Year.

Let's get started!

Tips for Setting Early Resolutions:

1. Start Small, Win Big: Break down your grand dreams into achievable milestones. A common mistake that many people make is trying to tackle their goals in a desperate sprint, which tends to very quickly lead to an intense case of burnout. Small victories build momentum and will keep you motivated for the long haul.

2. Share the Excitement: Shout it from the rooftops or whisper it to your closest confidants—share your resolutions with someone. The energy of sharing your aspirations tends to motivate you to transform individual goals into a collective effort.

However, keep in mind that spreading the news of a personal goal might be detrimental in less supportive circles. Choose wisely!

3. Create a Plan of Action: Resolutions without a plan are just wishes. Outline the steps you'll take to achieve each goal. As the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"

4. Embrace Flexibility: Life is an unpredictable adventure. Be open to adjusting your goals based on evolving circumstances, as plans change. Flexibility ensures that you can navigate any challenges with grace, and elimnates the potential horror of making quick detrimental decisions .

5. Remember Your Why:

When your journey begins to become difficult, remind yourself of the mental clarity that will come with the avoidance of last-minute goals and fostering a focused vision for the year ahead. Rememer that this preparation liberates us from the stress of abrupt transformations, allowing for a gradual and stress-free progression. By sidestepping the New Year's rush, we gain the luxury of time for adjustments when unexpected challenges arise, ensuring a resilient and adaptable journey marked by mindfulness and a stress-free mindset.

Ultimately, early resolutions aren't just about setting goals; they're about crafting a narrative of growth, resilience, and the pursuit of our wildest dreams. Here's to embracing change, crushing goals, and welcoming the New Year with arms wide open. Cheers to us, the trailblazers of 2023! 🎉

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