Calling the new year anything but a different day on the calendar is bullshit.
Tell me what’s different about December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2011 except that the rent’s due. With that non-distinction in mind, I call BS on the idea of a “fresh start” whenever the year rolls over. You set some new goals, write some things on a new calendar and usually revert to old habits well before anyone starts thinking about 2012. But…
But here’s the thing about the new year and making a fresh start. It’s psychosomatic bullshit. While there isn’t actually any different between 2011 and say, a random Tuesday, it feels different in our minds. We’re more likely to start actually making some changes with a proverbial clean slate than we are on Tuesday just for the hell of it. So if January 1 hits and allows you to live the life you always wanted to have, be about it.
I’m writing this on the 2nd day of the new year and I’ve written and flossed every day this year. Two things I should do every day, without fail, but often did far too little of. I got a fresh start and I’m taking advantage of it, bullshit or otherwise. Just remember one thing as you “change the game in 2011.”
Every day is another chance to turn it all around.
If you messed up the first couple days of the year, don’t delay. Don’t wait for a round number on the calendar or some other excuse to kickstart the changes you want to make. There will always be excuses of any kind, real or imagined. Don’t give yourself the out. Today is all you get. Make it count.