A friend of mine posed the question on Facebook on New Year’s Eve. “Why do we do resolutions in the new year?” He went on to say, as an entrepreneur, he finds the practice unusual and counterintuitive for bettering yourself.
I have made resolutions for my business and personal growth for as long as I can remember. Reading my friend’s comments struck a chord, and looking back my biggest changes happened when they needed to, not at some date.
Yes, I totally get the idea of starting the new year and wanting to lose weight, quit smoking, organize your office or whatever change you want to make. January 1 has an excellent start date. The first of the year can be a real anniversary of when you decided to do something different, better, or stop doing something for good. But how often is that date the day of success for you?
My commentary on not finishing resolutions is not to demean you. I have failed to lose the weight I want and make other changes in my life. What I am asking is, the date is not that important is it?
What I am proposing is taking a look at the challenges that face you. When is the best time to act? When is the best time to put into place the programs, procedures, and efforts to make your company, or you, better? Is it not today? Regardless of when today is?
If you are trying to lose weight the best start time is now. Even if you had the worst breakfast decide to do better at lunch, or dinner. If you need to contact 100 new prospects, then do it now. If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, podcast, social media plan then do it. And do it now.
The idea of starting today has been a shift in my way of thinking for AVNation. There are things we have considered for months. We will be starting them, or at least starting the process, now. Today.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.