Have you ever wondered why we make such a big thing about the 1st of January? What’s different, really, about this day compared to any other, apart from a different digit on the end of the date?
I mean, in Europe it’s generally cold and often a bit grey and damp – it certainly is today in Surrey. It’s also one of the days with the least daylight of any in the year. And it usually signals a return to work after the holiday break. Essentially it’s a day for recovering from hangovers and other festive indulgence. The perfect day to decide what we want the next 12 months to be like … not!
And we all make our resolutions, safe in the knowledge that it really doesn’t matter whether we keep them or not. After all, everyone else is making their own resolutions, no-one’s going to notice ours – and they’ll be too busy beating themselves up about those they haven’t kept, to notice when our determination slides. And we’ll be in great company, when we fail to keep them – all our friends will be in the same boat, so that’s OK isn’t it?
Well, here’s the thing: January 1st is really no different to any other day. You can celebrate the start of another year on the planet at any time. And you can make resolutions about the next 12 months – or the next 3 months, or even about the rest of your life – at any time too. Just make them for you, not for those around you. And make them because you intend to keep them, not because you can hide your lack of resolution amongst all the other fickle folk around you.
The time to celebrate a new year, and to make those resolutions that will change your life forever, permanently and sustainably, is when you are truly ready to begin the rest of your life.
If, for you, that’s today … I wish you a very productive, joyful and happy New Year!