Fresh Starts vs. Momentum

Is a new year fresh start? Yes, but in exactly the same way that every other day of the year is a fresh start. In fact, it may be a worse time to start because it’s a holiday, and of course on holidays you’re supposed to eat too much, sleep too long, put work off, not workout, and take no action on your goals at all, even if you’ve been doing pretty much that exact protocol since Thanksgiving.

Take the hype out of January 1. There is no magic in that day that will help you commit to a habit. 

Starting is overrated in general. It’s emotionally charged and feels exciting, but since there’s nothing of substance in it, it’s no big deal to let yourself down. Momentum is where the power lies. It has substance, it’s a record of action, it’s the building of trust with yourself. Once you have it, you’ll do a lot more to not let yourself down.

I wish you well with whatever goal you pursue this year, but I also want you to know it doesn’t matter what date you start something as long as it’s today and not tomorrow.

A platitude before you go: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

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