A clean slate can start anytime. We don’t have to wait until the New Year, Monday, or the end of the month to start working towards our new goals.
I urge you to do it now. Dare to be different. Start on a Friday or in the middle of the month. Or get really crazy and start halfway through the day! If you really want to prosper, just focus on what you can do today, tomorrow, and this week. Don’t make a whole bunch of crazy resolutions just because “it’s the thing to do”.
Edwin (from the Thousand Oaks Arthur Murray) wrote a blog titled Why Dancing Should NOT Be at the Top of Your Resolution List. In it, he states that 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions, but of those, only 8% are successful. I do not like those numbers. I decided to continue my healthy dancing lifestyle before the New Year, and sure, I enjoyed some Christmas goodies, but I also fit in some family fun and exercise whenever I could.
On Christmas morning, after opening gifts and enjoying breakfast, we headed out to bike and run with the whole family. While enjoying the beautiful park in Robert’s parents’ new home community, I ended up in a conversation with Robert’s dad about him getting back to the gym and getting back into his normal routine since the move. Of course, the typical conversation came up about starting after the New Year. By the end of our walk/run he said he was going to go to sign up at the new gym “tomorrow” (which was the 26th of December, not the 1st!) and it was pretty cool. He actually started exercising on Christmas Day. Now, that’s going against the grain.
That is what I encourage you to do. Do It Now. If you want to eat healthier, start with the next meal. If you’ve always wanted to take dance lessons, call now. All you need to do is find time for the first appointment; the rest we’ll figure out together. If you want to compete or perform in showcases or Dance-O-Rama, schedule your practice sessions now. I once had someone tell me “You only have to be good 90% of the time and you will reach your goals”. Give yourself a small window for error and I believe you’ll stick to it and be successful. Good luck and Happy 2015!
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