I’ll have more time in January

Yes, you probably will have more free time and less stress in January, particularly if you have a few weeks of leave from work.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the rest of 2018.

Any gains this year will only benefit you next year, but that’s pretty obvious...

Mostly the ‘start next year’ mindset is a form of delaying getting started now and justifying it with the idea that it will be better sooner.

Unfortunately, it rarely plays out like that.

How many times have you thought ‘I’ll just wait a couple of months until work slows down’ before starting anything, be it a new fitness regime, art class or catching up with friends more often?

The reality is that it never gets any quieter at work, it only gets harder.

I am in the same boat - I have been talking about starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the start of the year.

First, it got delayed while I ‘settled in’.

Then I needed to focus on work - will do it when it settles down.

And then I’ve just kept on holding off since for equally poor reasons.

I am busier now than I was at the start of the year, but I’ll probably be busier in six months than I am right now.

The reality is that relying on external circumstances to make an internal change is a mistake.

So guess what, I’d better find a BJJ school today and book in the first class.

If you set up your plan for the next few months, get in contact and let me know what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2018 that will get you in front for 2019.

I’ll even let you know if I finally followed through on BJJ or not!

Tom Fitzgerald