new year, new me?
Many of us wait for the “perfect time” with our health, nutrition, and fitness. But this all-or-nothing thinking — as in, “If I don’t do this perfectly then it’s awful!” — rarely gets us “all”. It usually gets us “nothing”.
Are you waiting for the “perfect time” to start eating better, or exercising, or finally getting in shape?
Are you putting off that dream trip, or a new project, or that skill you’ve been meaning to learn?
If so, some of these phrases may sound familiar:
When I get a different job.
When things are less busy.
When I find a workout partner.
When I find the right equipment.
When I feel less awkward in the gym.
When I lose 20 kilos.
When I get the right workout routine.
When my fridge is full of the right foods.
Tomorrow. Next week. Never.
Human beings are always “waiting for the perfect time”. But why?
For many, it’s a great distraction and justification. It helps us avoid the real—and risky—work of doing.
For others, perfectionism and avoidance serve as strong armour against potential embarrassment, criticism, and failure.
“I could ___ but ___” keeps us safe from pain.
Unfortunately, it’s also what keeps us from growing, thriving, and being who we know we have the potential to be.
That’s why all-or-nothing thinking—If I don’t do this perfectly then it’s worthless—rarely gets us “all”.
It usually gets us “nothing”.
There is no perfect time. There never will be.
All this is very common around late December and into Early January….
But why then? Why the sudden urge like the thoughts and comments above?
Why wait until 1st Jan to start your New year, New me stuff?
Your game plan is to start Now!
Not wait, book in, make the phone call, do your research, re-do your CV or whatever it may be. Take action, take a step and get moving! Now.
Over time, doing something adds up to be a lot!
I mention 80% of New Year Resolutions fail and here are some possible reasons why-
Unrealistic expectations or goals
Attempting the new goals or plans with no real structure or planning.
Lack of support or guidance for when things get tough.
Too much thinking and not enough doing.
You haven’t built your plans around habits and sustainability.