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It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

So here we are, one month into 2018…how are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?  It is often said that after just two weeks, 80% of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions and fallen back into the old habits of years past.  And if you regularly go to the gym, you probably believe it because you have seen that the first week of January every year it gets packed and there are long lines of people waiting to get on the treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines.  In the second week, the lines are shorter, not because we have figured out how to spread out the demand, but because several people have already gotten discouraged and quit.  And by the end of the second week, and into the third, crowd levels have returned mostly to normal, with a few committed newcomers sticking with it, while the others have faded away.

 

But what if you didn’t get around to even getting started in January with your new plans?  Or what if your plan was like mine, to spend the last week of the year in reflection and planning for the new year, but you just never “got the time” (or more accurately, made it a priority).  I made time to reflect on the past year and went through some steps of planning for the new one, but didn’t quite complete it the way I had intended before life and work got busy again.  So what?  Am I doomed to wait another 11 months before I try again?  Just what is so special about the first of January?  NOTHING!

 

So if you didn’t do what you meant to do, or if you got started and then stopped, so what?  You can start again, right now, where you are, and make a change.  Block out some time in your calendar right now for the things that you wanted to do to make a better life for yourself, and get going again.  It’s never too late to have a Happy New Year!

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The Procrastination – Guilt Cycle

Procrastination leads to guilt which leads to more procrastination.

Procrastination is an insidious thing.  When you put off doing something that you know you should do, or that you’ve promised someone you would do, even when it’s a small thing, it produces a stress reaction in the body that we recognize as guilt.  And as you feel guilty for not doing what you know you should have done already, you start to avoid people who know what it is that you should be doing, which just delays getting it done even further.  This additional procrastination then compounds on the first reaction and produces more guilt.  Around and ’round it goes in a downward spiral.

The guilty feelings also start tricking your mind into believing stuff that is completely made up.  For example, you start to think, “that person is going to be upset that I haven’t done this yet”, “they think I’m horrible for not having done it yet”, or “I can’t start now, it’s too late; I would just be embarrassed”.

But the reality is that we’ve all done it, and we know how it can get away from you.  You have to remember, most people you know, whether friends or clients, or friends who are clients, actually want you to succeed.  They want you to come through; they don’t want you stuck in the downward spiral either.  Pick your time and plot your course of action; and go for it.  Action conquers fear, and this this case, it erases the guilt, too.

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