Because if you make a New Years resolution, you’re saying, in effect:

  1. It’s not important enough to start now. It can wait until January 1.
  2. If you don’t follow through, oh well, it was just another broken New Years resolution.
  3. It’s something worth doing for a month or so, until you get tired of it and then life goes back to the way it’s always been.

Sarah Silverman said (it was in connection with an interview with Jerry Seinfeld) that when someone tells her they’re thinking about writing a book, she tells them, “It’ll never happen.” She’s right. As long as you’re just thinking about it, it’s all theoretical, abstraction, a wish-dream. Whatever you want to call it.

If you really want to change, lose weight, stop smoking, write a book, stop yelling at your kids, visit your Aunt Sadie once a week, you just do it. You don’t think about it. You don’t make resolutions about it. You don’t wait until New Years Day. You start. Any day that happens to be today is a better day for starting than an arbitrary day on the calendar.

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” So the song goes. Don’t live like a pansy. Don’t resolve. Do.