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1 way to kill your New Year’s Resolutions.

Want to increase your shot at actually finishing your New Year’s resolutions this year?

Here’s a secret tip that is going to melt your face off.

Ready?

Start today.

That’s it, that’s the whole tip.

Where does it say you have to wait until January 1 to turn some part of your life around?

If you start today, you still have two weeks to get a head start.

If you were running a marathon and someone let you start two weeks early would crush that person.

If you wanted to read more books this year, you’d kill that goal with a two week jump start.

Don’t be so legalistic with your goals this year.

Cheat.

Start in December.

By the time January rolls around (and I launch what I’m planning to launch to help you) you’ll be weeks down your path and can laugh at all those suckers who need permission from a calendar to change their life.

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Jon Acuff
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42 Comments

  1. The gyms are empty now. They’ll be busy in January. That two week head start will play dividends.

  2. My favorite line : “Here’s a secret tip that is going to melt your face off.”

    My face hasn’t melted off, but that’s good stuff regardless. Thanks!

    • Aaaaaaaaaaaarg!!!!! My face melted off. Thankfully, I drank some Kill Cliff recovery drink and it is back to normal. In the mean time, I have already been working on my New Year’s resolutions of launching our TV show JEEP NATION and the subsequent launch of our online TV network.

  3. Oh man, that’s good advertising! You just slip it in there real slick-like, and we’re not meant to notice too much.

    Good job, Jonny-boy, good job! 😀

    As for New Year’s Resolutions, there’s a couple of things I could try, but at least one of them isn’t going to be applicable until the new year:

    — *Be more organized with my time where schoolwork is concerned.* This, of course, won’t apply really until NEXT semester. This past one, I did a pretty good job with keeping things organized on my computer (ALL of it nearly has to do with being on my computer), but I wasn’t that great at time management. Partly because of part-time work, but mostly because of me and my natural aversion to order. (If I were to describe myself as a D&D character, I’d say I was “Chaotic Neutral”)

    — *Write some fiction every day.* The only time I’ve managed to keep up with this one is during NaNoWriMo, and I was really only able to finish one of those, and the only reason I was able to finish was because of a discount I’d get on the writing software I wanted, Scrivener.

    — *Stop drinking sodas.* Not related to caffeine or sugar necessarily. (I only drink diet or zero, and without caffeine I’d be a walking zombie!) I’ve just always heard how terrible that much carbonation is for a person. Problem is, a can of soda is a LOT easier to stuff into a lunch sack than literally anything else, save possibly a bottle of water. But there’s only so much water I can drink before I need something to wake me up.

    Keep in mind, these aren’t resolutions I’m making (I’m not to the point where I *want* to give up sodas yet, for instance), but rather things I know I need to change at *some* point!

    Website Note: Could we get some text editing stuff up in here? Bolding, italics, underlining, that kind of thing? 🙂

    • Carrie

      *and something that allows us to go back and change our mistakes; perhaps an edit button would be nice. I’m a punctuation freak, and when I place a punctuation mark in the wrong place, or miss one or ten, even after I’ve edited, it’s just down right embarrassing. 😛

  4. Todd

    Brilliant. I’ve always wondered why we have a sanctioned date for turning things around. It’s the old “I’ll start my diet tomorrow” affliction.

  5. Would seriously love a t-shirt to wear on Jan. 1: “Two Weeks In, Suckers!”
    Thanks for the inspiration Jon. First resolution, come up with resolutions.
    🙂

  6. I started December 6. I’m as terrible at January 1 goals as I am at Monday workout plans. So I started early. So far, so good.

  7. Estrella

    I can’t wait for the unveiling of Acuff stuff in January!!

  8. I have a goal to start learning Spanish (again, sort of — don’t remember much from 3 years of it in HS). Actually, our entire family is going to do it. I’ve already ordered Rosetta Stone, and will load it up on the computer this week, and will start playing around with it. (Travelling over the holidays, so I won’t be able to do it much then.)

    • Grace

      I’ve had a lot of fun with the DuoLingo App. You learn by reading, writing, speaking, and listening…it’s lots of fun (feels like a game sometimes) and you can take it anywhere.

  9. Grace

    Launch…?! What launch?! (Why wait until January, Jon?!?!)

    I work in 13 week cycles (quarters) from solstice to equinox and back. My next “season” begins this Saturday on the 21st!

  10. Kirsten Horton

    I did this last year, and I’ve stuck with my resolution all the way through. 🙂

  11. For sure! If you have a dream or goal in your heart why wait? The only reason would be to indulge a little longer making the starting line further off. I am running at it Jon. Full speed ahead!

  12. Mel

    clever soft sell…looking forward 🙂

  13. I agree 95%. I started mine early; it’s a blog. If yours is a weight loss goal, I’d recommend waiting until January 1. Christmastime is way to tough to start that kind of a resolution.

  14. Jon

    Reading Start right now. So yeah, this makes sense.

  15. I already started some of my goals for 2014. 3 weeks early. How’s that for a start? And I’m intrigued by what you are planning to launch soon!

  16. Carrie

    I stopped making resolutions years ago. Life is much easier now. I fail at will and don’t feel as guilty for it!

  17. Claire

    Awesome! Great post, excited for what’s coming next. One of my goals is a short spiritual reading every morning and then journaling in it. One week in the can already!

  18. Sheryl Buckner

    Great advice Jon! I think we put too much pressure on New Years and tomorrow when we don’t start today. I read once that many dieters fail in their healthy goals because they waited until “Monday.” Start where you are and enjoy the journey.

  19. That makes us all late on our goals already, and what about all the planning we are supposed to do to prolong actually doing anything? The pressure is just too much!

  20. Donnie

    Jon,

    I could not agree more, if you want to kill your New Year’s resolution(s), Start now. By having this approach in my life I have usually met or exceeded my goal and when I didn’t I realized early that it wasn’t really that important to me.

    I have always despised New Year’s resolutions and have never made them. Not that I don’t resolve to make myself better next year, I do, I just choose to make goals instead of New Year’s resolutions and Start as soon as I decide instead of waiting until January. My reasoning is that if it means that much to me I will start making it happen now instead of waiting for some future date.

    My family and I sat down together and outlined our goals for 2014 on November 28th and December 2nd started working toward our goals. Why wait until January to Start when you can start in November or December?! Start now, don’t wait

  21. Resolutions?! We make them just because it’s tradition right? We don’t really PLAN on changing anything do we?

  22. Great post, Jon! I don’t need permission from the calendar to change my life!
    I started a huge change last MAY. That’s weird.
    I’m planning to be a Quitter in 2014 🙂
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! You rock!

  23. I started working on my 2014 goals over Thanksgiving. Will work on them some more later this week and the week of Christmas. I completely agree. No need to wait until a certain date in the future to start. The time is always, now!

  24. I finished Start a month or so ago. I just bought a physical copy for my dad as a Christmas gift. My resolution is to actually make resolutions for next year. One of those will probably be being more consistent with my blog.

  25. Jeremy

    My New Years resolution? Hope my face grows back. At least I’m starting it now.

  26. Amy

    Started mine 2 weeks ago!

  27. Kristil

    Can’t wait!!!. Stopped doing New Year resolutions years ago. Maybe starting in December will be the ticket!!

  28. Jon,
    After reading your wise words I started today. Walking for 365 days.

    Today’s story on my blog is called, “Good-bye muffin top.” I don’t want it anymore.

  29. Valerie

    I was just thinking “2013 has been great, but 2014 is going to be even more awesome.” Then I wondered why I felt like I had to wait until January to be awesome. It’s like you’re in my head.

  30. I started a website/blog a couple months ago that deals with the subject of resolutions, among other things. I give 7 tips, based on my past experience, on how to make resolutions work.

    The website is still a work in progress as I know very little about that type of stuff. It’s resolutionsandstuff.com.

  31. Kathy

    For me, some goals require clearing “the table” before setting it for a new “meal”. I am project oriented and have a hard time sticking to one project at a time. So, I have a bunch of projects to finish. Started clearing this month. Might still be clearing in January, but the change is set in motion! My goal is to switch entirely to the one thing I love most. Drawing. So, clearing now, but come January, I’m going to sneak in a drawing a day 1st, but, still keep clearing. Trying to use my anticipation for something new to get rid of the old. Does that count as starting early?

  32. start in Desember is a tricky way, I have read another interesting now in http://www.naturaselection.com/v1/blog/en/2013/12/resolutions-new-year/

    basically contists in look where you were few years ago and what your proposals were in that moment. the conclusión is that is imposible to get your resolutions because you are always changing with them., but that could be nice and releases the preasure that we put over us!!!