It is that time of year where people start talking about New Year’s Resolutions, goals and reflections of the year past. This year though I had a revelation of “what am I waiting for?” Why am I waiting until the new year to make a change when I know what I want to do now? If I wait until 2019 to start my new goals, will I lose motivation and find it difficult? I don’t want to find out.
Why Do People Wait to Start Their New Goals?
New year, new me. Closing the door. Ready for the next chapter. These are all common sayings at this time of year. I understand it completely. We as humans feel the need for closure, the thought that we can control our behaviour and therefore control the external world. By setting new goals we are realigning ourselves to the life in which we want to live. But why do we wait for certain times instead of striking whilst the inspiration is hot?
When people say ‘the diet starts on Monday”, it becomes something to dread. We want to indulge in bad habits until the start date which then makes it harder to actually start. How many people who start a diet on a Monday actually stick to it? How does this compare to the people who say “I’m going to eat healthier from now”? Working on your new goals as soon as you feel inspired, it feels less like a chore and more positive.
Why I’m Not Waiting to Start My New Goals?
I recently visited the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and was blown away at how important conservation is. To think that if one species of bird (the cassowary) were to become extinct then almost immediately afterwards, 150 plant and species of plants and trees would follow suit. Baring in mind that in this rainforest, scientists have discovered so many plants with medicinal value including one that kills cancer cells within 1 week in animals. What if the cure for many modern diseases are in the rainforest but we don’t look after it and then we lose it before it’s even been researched or discovered? It puts life into perspective.
I decided there and then that I wanted to educate myself on how I could make a positive contribution instead of adding to the problem (accidentally). I didn’t want to be thoughtless anymore. I also felt nervous because I didn’t want to be perceived as the stereotypical girl who goes travelling and becomes a hippy trying to save the rainforest. Then I was struck with another thought. While I’m worrying about other people’s perceptions, the potential cure for many diseases are at risk. What is more important? My overthinking about what others think of me, or not adding to the destruction of the planet on which we live?
My New Goals
- To learn more about the Rainforest and how to conserve it.
- Discover how to reduce my carbon footprint and make positive changes.
- Support conservation and eco-friendly companies. This is especially important for a traveller. I want to know now when I book tours and experiences that they are not negatively impacting the environment.
Have you got any new goals that you have started on already?