It’s December. Why Wait Until January for a New You?

Jake Fishbein
Dec 2, 2019 · 2 min read

As December begins, I feel winter’s grasp arriving too. Snow is falling in New York City and my food coma from Thanksgiving is just beginning to subside. In this wintery mix, I’ve found myself thinking more than a couple times that “nothing happens in December.” It’s an interesting thought — a limiting belief, to be sure. Many things can happen in December.

Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

If January is when all that is new begins, December is the time to set the stage for what is to come.

That’s why I’m reminded of this quote from November 2013: “I must seize the present instead of languishing in a seemingly paused state.” At the time, I was stuck post-college with no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. An internship I’d had in the fall was complete, I’d just finished a two-week-long trek across California with none of the epiphanies I’d hoped for, and 2014 was drawing closer with no hope for change on the horizon.

I knew that leaning into where I was and seizing the present was what could jumpstart my malaise, but that’s easier said than done when things feel paused indefinitely. I’m reminded of that now, not because I feel similarly stuck, but because coming off Thanksgiving Week and charging into December, where it feels like little goes on business-wise, has left me feeling heavy and paused.

The weather may be telling me it’s time to hunker down with a good movie and comfort food as snow swirls and darkness arrives before the office is empty, but that doesn’t mean I have to give into hibernation just yet. In fact, it makes me think it’s time to dive in even more. After all, it’s during this time of year that people begin thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions.

But, I wonder, why wait until New Year’s? Why let a month go by in a “seemingly paused state” when I could choose something new now? Why seize tomorrow instead of today?

So, even though it’s December, I’m challenging myself to let go of the idea that nothing happens this month and create some magic. Because December just so happens to be the season of magic as well.

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