Experiments With Hope - Episode 26: New Year's Resolutions

3 years ago

NOTE: This episode was recorded on December 24th, 2018 and moved from YouTube on January 20th, 2021.

People who fail, or who procrastinate endlessly, almost always do so because they THINK outside circumstances have to line up for them before they can act. They plan to start their diet after the Holidays. They plan to start their new business once the kids are moved out of the house. They plan to start saving money when they finally get a raise at work. All of these excuses are based on the assumption that success depends on exterior circumstances more than interior motivation and discipline. 

And we do the same thing when we set New Year's Resolutions. We assume that a date on a calendar will magically make us more likely to succeed at our goals. Sure, your circumstances matter. But everyone who succeeds big does so for two reasons. First, when they have an idea to start on something, they start. They don't wait for confirmation from anyone else or for some magical time window. They just adapt to whatever obstacles they must at the time.  

Second, they don't allow exterior circumstances to decide whether it's the right time to act. When you think about it, New Year's Resolutions are actually pretty damn superstitious. It's not much better than believing that Friday the 13th is a day for bad luck. Enough of the nonsense. If you have a goal, and you want it bad enough, get started. You'll do just fine no matter what time of year it is. 

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