As I do the Hashtag Week series only once a month, I realize that this is the last one for this year. The #MotivationMonday post for December will most definitely tackle the new year ahead of us. (No, I have no idea what I will write about. I only see snippets of the future. Just go with it.)
Frankly speaking, I have to admit that my motivation is on the lower end of the scale. Who starts a task on Thursday? If you are like me, you prefer to wait until Monday. On a subconscious level, this might be the sloth in me talking, but the conscious me likes to begin things with the new week for metrics and analytical purposes. It is much easier to calculate how long you have been doing something if you started it on Monday, instead of any other random day of the week. If I was to start on a Thursday, I would do whatever I was to do twice (Thursday and Friday) and then I would take the weekend off. That would make me forget about my new project quite quickly.
One of my fellow bloggers compared November to a Thursday and I definitely have to agree with that one. One thing that I appreciate about my workplace is that I get quite a few days off for Christmas and New Year (NY). At my old work, I only had Christmas and New Year’s Day off. The additional days off, together with the abundance of great food and the seasonal cheer, definitely make December feel like the Friday of the months. Unfortunately, we both agreed that there is no weekend among the months. After December, it goes right back to Monday (January).
So why would you start something now? During the last few days of November? Precisely because the year is coming to an end. There are two types of people: people who make New Year resolutions and people who do not. There are two groups of people among those that do set their goals for the year with the beginning of the new year. If you made NY resolutions, but have not kept them, for the purposes of this post, you are lumped together with those that have not made them at all. That way, we are back to two groups of people.
If you had specific resolutions in mind and the beginning of the year and were able to fulfill them, hats off to you. You are an inspiration. I hope to be like you when I grow up. But I also want to live in the present and not worry about 10 months from now… If you are already done with your goals for the year, you might think you deserve a break. Sure, take some time to celebrate how disciplined you are. However, once you are done with the festivities, I want you to go out there and do more work. Why? Because it seems like you are on fire this year. You would not want to waste the remaining month and a pinch of your phenomenal potential. Next year might not be as successful for you as this one. So take this time to finish strong. Do not let the weeds suffocate the beautiful flower that you are.
People in the blogging world enjoy sharing their goals with others. It helps them remain accountable. While there are plenty of those who created a blog on January 1st, 2019 that are no longer here (resolutions without follow-through are just wishes), there are also people who have been crushing it all year long. Well done. I have to say that reading such posts can be intimidating. But then, I realize that we all have different kinds of goals.
If you never set your goals for 2019, or if you are behind in your resolutions, I want you to get up and not give up. Are you aware of December 31st? I bet you are. That is your finish line. You cannot throw in the towel now. Do whatever you can to cross that line. What would be the point of giving up now after 10+ months of struggle? Would you not run a race you trained for your whole life? Would you give up on setting your personal record just because others have passed you by? I hope the answers are a resounding “NO!”
This is the final stretch. Sure, it might not feel like there is enough time, but I assure you that it is better to start now while you can than to plan to start in January. My blog was created on a random day in the middle of the year. I could have waited til January 1st. It might have made more sense. But I did not wait and once January rolled around and new blogs were popping up, I felt proud of the fact that my blog was already a few months old. Yes, I might be behind those that started years before me, but I am ahead of those that will start in January.
Whether you believe in setting NY resolutions or not, things will get busy once January rolls around. Are you sure you want to wait with everything until then? Why not start one of those things today? That way, you will not be as overwhelmed when we welcome 2020. Here in the US, once we are done with January 1st, there will be no break until Memorial Day (end of May). Now, we are going through a season of breaks. It might be easier to get things done now.
Did you know that new year resolutions are 78% less likely to be fulfilled than goals set during different times of year? That is not true. I totally made it up. However, I feel like there is too much pressure on them and that they are often made out of tradition more than the want to change. Defy the odds and start working on your goals TODAY!
You can do it! The finish line is in sight. Just a few more steps. Go You!
Which group of people do you belong to?
Have you checked off all your resolutions?
What helps you achieve your goals throughout the year? (Share the method to your madness.)
What is it that you would still like to do before the end of the year?
What have you accomplished this year that you are most proud of?
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