Before the year is over, I want to talk about a struggle I face when setting goals. I find myself wanting things to be in neat little boxes. Is it just me? Think about it, we love the idea of binaries— black or white, good or bad, in or out. At yellow lights, no one wants to slow down— we want to either stop or go. Binaries keep things in neat boxes, and yet, we know life is not that simple. This is the same reason why creating To-Do lists are easier written than done. It feels good to have a clear-cut plan but when it comes to executing, we fall flat.
Tis the season to set goals, make vision boards, to-do lists, wish lists, all the lists! While I am a big believer in the power of visualization, I know a lot of people, including myself, get stuck on this stage. That’s why it is so important to get started.
Make the list.
Check it twice.
We tell ourselves we will do it “In the New Year, after my birthday, after summer, once this big work project is over, after, after after…” It becomes a never-ending cycle of postponing our dreams. I am 100% guilty of this myself; just last week, I was telling a friend “we will sign up for the gym after the holiday.” And of course I had a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why we should wait for the New Year.
Whatever you’re telling yourself is an excuse!
When we tell ourselves we can’t do something because of this or that, what we are really telling ourselves is that we can’t do something, period. Once we break this mentality, we will realize that the right time to start something is now (honestly, Nike was really on to something with the “Just Do It” slogan).
I think we all benefit from a little reminder from time to time, that the right time is now. If you’ve been thinking about doing something or you have goals in mind, don’t wait until the new year to kick start it. Anytime is the right time as long as you are willing to just do it (see what I did there?).