Don’t wait till January.

It just hit me that there are only 60 days left until the end of the year. And I decided that – for the first time – I’m not waiting for January, but I will start right away. 

I have a feeling that we all hibernate in November. We give up making any plans or thinking about our goals. And it’s understandable – holidays are coming, and our mind is in a different place, but…I want to encourage you to start making a plan now. 

January usually brings one of these two types of feelings – excitement or anxiety. I always welcome it with enthusiasm, but without a plan. That means that when New Year’s eve finishes, I still don’t know what exactly I want to accomplish in a new year. And now I think that it’s a waste. Once the first of January hits, I should sip my morning coffee knowing what do I do on the second of January and any other day during the first three months of the year. It’s challenging to grow or improve if you have no idea where you are going. That’s why I set my goals this week, without rushing, and getting anxious about it. I still have plenty of time. Just a reminder – 60 days is 1,440 hours. If you think it through, you’ll be two months ahead of everyone when January hits. 

And if you are one of those who say that “I never set goals for myself or make New Year’s resolutions,” I would say – good for you if that makes you happy, but that’s not my way of living. Life without growth is incomplete for me. If you’re not setting goals for yourself, if you don’t challenge yourself, that means you stay in the same spot or even start going down. It’s not using your full potential, and that translates into not going for the life that is meant for you. And that’s a failure to me. You’re not trying, you’re giving up, so life will start giving up on you, too. And I didn’t sign up for living like that. 

I’ve been watching people very carefully, and I see how annoyed they are, how unhappy and angry they get because their life isn’t the way they expected it to be. Whose fault is that? 

During my last workshops, I asked participants about what do they want right now. They had to write it down and pick one thing that feels the closest to them now, and we were figuring out how to make it happen. Every time I work with someone and ask this question, this weird feeling creeps in because we generally know what we want, but we’re not sure what is the most important right now. And if we do, we don’t know how to approach it. And we don’t know that, because we don’t give ourselves time to think about it and dive into that. We go with a current, not even knowing that the water is shallow enough that we can stand up and get on the ground. 

That’s why I’m asking you today to think about it. You wouldn’t be that annoyed with your situation if you knew what’s your goal for now and what step you should take. When it’s in front of your eyes, you can’t say you have no idea what to do. And you either do it or not. If you don’t, you have to ask yourself why. There are usually a few reasons for that, and you have to start digging into that.

Just don’t wait. Don’t wait for January, for the next year, for the moment you’ll have more time, more money or a different body. Today is as good as tomorrow, and yesterday was as good as it is today. If you do want to find a way, it’s always there, if you’re going to find an excuse, it’s equally available. Excuses are usually easier to find, and I don’t want your life to turn into one big reason for the life you didn’t dare to go for.