Why does January 1st seem like such a magical day?

There’s a lot of pressure on that day—new year, fresh start, gung-ho resolutions—a lot to live up to for one little day!

I’ve been seeing a meme going around that January 1st is the start of a new book—12 chapters, 365 pages. As a writer, of course I like that concept. What will my plot be for this year? It’s a good way to try to organize your goals and create a sustainable plan.

But it still seems like a lot of pressure for January….

I think Emerson had the right idea. Each day is new—presents a fresh start. When you look at it that way, it’s like it’s January 1st all year round!

That anticipation and motivation that we all feel this time of year can last throughout the year, no matter what happens in your day.

Crappy day? Oh well, it’s done. New day tomorrow.
Haven’t finished your book yet? No biggie. Add more on in the morning.
Haven’t gotten that “Yes!” you’ve been waiting for? Maybe today is the day!

Everyone always jokes about “resolutions” only lasting a few weeks—if we’re lucky. I think that’s because trying to do something for a whole year is daunting! It’s a lot of pressure to jump into something full swing on January 1 and expect it to continue for 365 days.

But if you look at every day as a fresh start, then each day becomes your best day of the year. Every morning presents an opportunity for a new resolution. And hey—24 hours isn’t that long—we can do that, right?!

The world is a crazy place right now. We’re all tired. We’re all burned out. We all need a fresh start. We don’t need any more disappointments. So take it one day at a time. Forget this whole January 1st fresh start thing. Make each day your best day.

Start every day with the spirit of the new year, and watch what you can accomplish!


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