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4 Reasons to Set Your New Year’s Goals on Halloween

By Carol

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I’m one of those people who epically fails at New Year’s resolutions. I have the best of intentions on January 1st, but by mid February it’s back to business as usual. I don’t know if it’s good or bad news that I’m not alone in this. Only 8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions with most people falling off in February.

As the year closes it feels natural to put the year behind you and try to start over. To make the “new” year a better year then the one before. But for me I find the fall season to my preferred time for planning and goal setting. September marks “back to school” time, summer fun and vacations come to an end, the season shifts, the leaves change, the sun sets earlier, and the weather keeps you indoors. There’s a tremendous amount of transition already happening around you.

Why Halloween

What I realized about myself is that I need prep time to make big or major changes in my life! Enter Halloween. While September used to be my new year when I was a student, as I became a parent September became the time that I prepped my children for their new year. As they started college, their start dates came later and later in the month. It wasn’t until October that I could turn my full attention back to me and my business.

Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve has traditionally been a time to honor the lives of loved ones that have past on. It’s a time of remembering and celebrating. It struck me one year to use October 31st as the day I take inventory of myself, assessing what habits, behaviors, and even people I need transition out of my life to get the transformation I want in my life and business.  It would be the time that I’d allow those things I didn’t want in my life to “pass on.”
Now, I use November and December to initiate change, deal with false starts and get the mindset needed to make these big shifts. By January 1st I’m not making a list and wishing for the best, I’m actually in forward motion.

4 Reasons to Use Halloween as Your Start Date

If you’re like me and need a “running start” to make positive and powerful changes in your life, try using Halloween as your Fall season jumpstart. To summarize:
  1. It’s a natural transition point in the year. As the season changes you too can look at it as your “season” of change. In addition, the energy of the season is all about closing out the past and starting anew.
  2. Halloween symbolically represents both honoring and letting go of the past. While many take time to honor those who have past, it’s also a celebration of moving forward with renewed hope. As you start let go of the things that have not served you in the past, you can celebrate to the beginning of new skills, habits, and mindset.
  3. There’s no social pressure . You won’t have the social pressure of sharing your goals and resolutions for the new year with others. You can make thoughtful and mindful decisions about how you want to proceed. You’ll also have time to course correct or adjust your resolutions as you start to work through them.
  4. You’ll have momentum. While others are just starting their resolutions, you’ll be basking in results. This will allow you to start the new year stress free with a tremendous amount of positive momentum.

31 Day Clarity, Closet & Confidence Challenge

Convinced that now is  good time to start your new years resolutions? Not sure how to begin the process or where to start? Why not try my 31 Day Clarity, Closet and Confidence Challenge! Everything you need for the challenge is available including daily prompts and a bit of motivation for each day. CLICK HERE to learn more and get ready to start your new year now!

The Clarity + Closet + Confidence Challenge

Live, laugh, and confidently shine!

Carol 😉

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About The Carol

I'm a 50 years young curvy fashionista enjoying my "second life." I'm a wife, mom of 3 and 1 goldendoodle. I'm a recovering attorney, accidental professor, successful jewelry stylist, and ...