It’s February. January is done, out and over, and chances are so have been your New Year’s resolutions. And if you started the new year full of hope and expectation, only to fall short, we don’t blame you. We blame the back-to-back holidays. Plus, the expectations are way too high and there’s really no logic (besides it being a clean, new slate) to start your goals for the year with all that rush.
Great, classic novels, we’re pretty sure, didn’t all begin on a random January 1st.
As a matter of fact, we’re going to make the case for February or March – or other beginnings throughout the calendar year, really – with these three points.
- Celebration Fatigue. It really, really is. Let’s say your celebrations start on Halloween, then 28 days later you’re celebrating Thanksgiving… then 27 days after that it’s Christmas. After those two family-ish holidays, you have to focus on the new year and try to carry all this positive, strong vibes (to become a better person) for another 300 plus days, when it all begins again. Instead of, after Christmas, taking the time to celebrate the actual new year and then focus on our resolutions and goals in February, March, your birthday… just not the beginning of the year.
- Why February or March or Another Special Day. February is great because it’s the shortest month of the year. Also, they say it takes approximately 21 consecutive days for a habit to stick, and what better time to start and feel successful than the shortest month of all? As for March, of course, that’s a no-brainer for astrologers. It’s the start of spring, the zodiac and pretty much the energy is just incredibly greater.
- Avoid the Group Think. Often times we create goals and wishes because others are doing similar goals and wishes, and then we think it’s good to do the same, when really those aren’t the goals and wishes that really align with where we are in life. It’s important to take a step back from social media, the memes, what others are doing, and evaluate what is it that we want to do and why. These two questions alone, coupled with the alone time necessary for it, will lead to greater results on everything we do.
If you’ve fallen off, lost track of what it is you set out to do (begin your book, read four books a month, etc.) on the January 1st, then please don’t stop trying just because it’s January 31st. Give yourself a reboot on February 1st or March 20th (when spring begins), or even save it for summer.
The point is to enjoy the process of creating goals and resolutions, why you’re doing it and where you envision yourself in the end or next February 1st.