New Year’s Stupidity

Waiting…

Despite the fact that New Year’s Resolutions rarely lead to lasting change, millions of Australians will sit on their hands for the next two weeks waiting for January 1 to roll around so they can magically change their lives. Good grief. What a stupid habit. We wouldn’t take a drug that failed 98% of the time, so why are we so committed to such an ineffective and irrational ritual? Authentic and lasting transformation has everything to do with courage, commitment, attitude and resilience and nothing to do with some number on a calendar.

Tell someone to start their new program (diet, gym regime, running program, etc.) on December 30 (for example) and they’ll look at you like you’re a total idiot. Why on earth would anyone do that? Tell that same person to start two days later (the day with an overwhelming failure rate) and they’ll enthusiastically nod in agreement because the first day of the new year is the ‘right day’ to start.

Wow.

As my dad says; never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Here’s a crazy idea… if you’re serious about changing some aspect of your reality, then start your journey of transformation now. Stop looking for comfort, convenience and cop-outs and simply do what success demands – today. Forget about the calendar, tradition and the expectations of others and stop giving yourself an escape clause.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt December 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hi Craig,

I have already done it. I have quit drinking any alcohol, started three weeks ago and going strong. I wanted to start in December to make it harder. I have had lots of ” no drink at Christmas, are you mad” no I’m smart. I’m also raising money for Cancer Research whilst I do it.

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Suu December 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

Matt- Thankyou for being in this world and a mega congratulations on your choice and timing.
Suu

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Dj December 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

Congratulations, Matt!

You have inspired me and others as well.

I congratulate you for starting NOW. Many would have quit drinking (or whatever) after the holiday season or put another way…”would have started working towards their goal(s) after the New Year”.

I/we hold you up in good thoughts, prayer, etc.

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Craig December 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Good for you Matt – well done! :)

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chebbieanne December 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I think the answer is because you know that New Years resolutions are doomed to fail it is OK to make them.
Imagine if you make a resolution or fifty and the universe conspires to make them happen despite yourself and your good intentions !!
No discipline required – just wake up and bang you just start doing it!
It is the stuff of nightmare movies.
“1/1/13 the day we stop talking and start doing”.
Luckily it wont happen – will it????

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Suu December 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hi Chebbieanne
Lets not wait til the first. Lets start right this second so we have a jump start on New Year. Let’s “do” from this second.
Suu

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Michael December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

My new year’s resolution is to stay off this blog. That won’t last long ;)

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Suu December 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

My brother is giving up smoking on the first. I asked him to get a head start and give up now. His reaction was stupid and stupefying – he said he needs to ease into it and be able to drink and smoke right up to the first!! What the????
It reminded me of my niece who bought a whole heap of chocolate and biscuits to eat before she started to diet.
It’s 2 weeks till the first and we could all get a head start on anything we want to do if we begin right now. There’s nothing to stop us.
Or is the 17th too odd a number? Well the 1st is also an odd number LOLOLOLOL :P

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Robyn December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

actually see his point a little, I gave up smoking 8 years ago after smoking for 38 years. I had had many false starts but that time I planned – I chose a date that would mean something to me and wasn’t too far away (was my sister’s birthday) and I wrote a journal in the lead time, and during the first few weeks of quitting – and I have not looked back! maybe it was just the right time, or maybe because I planned it and worked for it.

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Linda December 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Yeah ouch !! You are right of course…… My excuse for thinking again this year I’ll leave it til jan 1 …. Have had a shit year frankly – marriage break down, Selling my lovely house that I worked so hard for, dealing with a broken hearted child, business challenges to the max, family illness, financial stress…… Was going ok til I injured my knee bout 6 weeks ago – so can’t do any of what has kept me going this year – high intensity exercise including taking up running. So ive let myself off the hook with healthy eating and doing some sort of exercise which makes me feel even worse !!!! . Don’t get me wrong I’m not whining there is a LOT in my life I am very grateful for especially after the news of the shooting massacre in America…… I guess I just need to suck it up and start now

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Dag December 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

Harps: Do you want it straight up or sugar coated?
Reader: You pick …
Harps: Read above posting
Reader: oh …. is it too late to have it sugar coated?
Harps: That WAS sugar coated!

I couldn’t do without this website … my team still get copies of writings slipped into our staff meetings. Thanks for your support.

Cheers

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Craig December 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

You most welcome Dag. I very much enjoyed my day with you and your team – say hi to them for me. :)

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Robyn December 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

HI Craig, I have been planning for the last couple of days to start yet another weight loss attempt on 1/1/13! and guess what? while I have been planning I have actually started without even realising! Granted it wasn’t a perfect start, but looking at what I ate over the last two days, my choices have been so much wiser than the last few weeks. So now I can stop worrying about broken NY resolutions, cos I dont have one.

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Mel December 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Yep I gave up smoking last Tuesday. On day 6 today and my friends think I am nuts. “What about New Years Eve” they say I tell them “I am not drinking or smoking, I am going into the New Year with 3 weeks exactly on the 1st Jan up my sleeve and will spend the 1st of Jan feeling healthy and not hung over”. Their eyes glaze over and they change the subject or say “Yeah we will see” and I say back “yes yes you will” ha ha ha lol.

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amanda December 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Go for it Mel!

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Matt December 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

Go for it Mel! Lets show all the no believers!

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