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Why You Shouldn't Start New Year's Resolutions On New Year's Day

If you've made some New Year's resolutions and plan to follow through with them, good for you. I truly hope you succeed. If you're not quite as confident about making any sweeping changes in your life just yet, I wouldn't worry about it.

Every holiday season, we see lists of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Quitting smoking is usually still in the mix. So are dieting, working out, and saving money. Here's the thing: You won't be any more successful at accomplishing your goals by starting on January 1st versus any other day of the year.

No matter what it is you want to improve or change in your life, you should only start when you're mentally prepared for the challenge ahead and emotionally committed to conquering it. The first step toward achieving any goal has to come from you, not the calendar.

To sum up, New Year's resolutions are good but starting them on January 1st doesn't matter. If you want to lose ten pounds, change careers, or write an opera, you can start on New Year's Day, Groundhog Day, or Arbor Day. Focus on the what, not the when. If it's important enough to you, it can happen.