Just as most of us associate with December a time of high spirits, holiday cheer, and a permanent condition of merriment, January can often feel like the month of low expectations, low profiles, and low moods. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The start of a new year is the start of a new beginning, whether you like the idea of this or not. Instead of facing this month with stress or anxiety, here’s how you can make the most of the best month:
1. Last year’s mistakes are so last year
While I do not recommend spending your life looking in the rear view mirror, allowing yourself to put some time between yourself and whatever is blocking you from moving forward can facilitate growth. In some cases being able to say that something happened last year is all the help we will need.
2. Get creative already
Looking to start your own business, write a book, or take up running? Great! Get after it in January. For many people, the idea of starting something new mid-week, mid-month, or mid-year doesn’t excite or motivate them. A lot of the nasty naysayers of the world will proudly declare that your drive for different will only last until mid-February at best. While this may or may not be the case, who cares! From small acorns grow mighty oaks. Embrace where you arrive at and see where it takes you.
3. It only gets better from here
As the year rolls forward, you will notice nature is subtly pushing you to stay motivated in its own way. Suddenly, it won’t be pitch black when you get up in the morning, you won’t be freezing when you leave home or work every day, and it’s light enough at night for you to enjoy some sun. Pay particular attention to your surroundings if your motivation fizzles and remember that greatness doesn’t happen overnight.
4. Flex your frugality muscle
Imagine if you watched your spending and saved the way you do in January all year long? Consider turning your resolutions into habits. If the need to save more money is not something that is a concern for you or your family, then look into ways you can give back more. Most non-profits and charity organizations take a dip in revenue and interest once the holiday season has passed.
5. January isn’t a punishment
How often have you find yourself wanting to press the reset button for some aspect of your life? We all drift in and out of this state at one time or another. January is the perfect excuse to position yourself on course in whatever direction you’re looking to go in. It is the start of something potentially wonderful! Don’t get discouraged; just hunker down and do whatever your ‘it’ is.
By Adriana Clifford