Ready to make the most out of a New Year...Do you have a New Year’s Resolution!?
Updated: Jan 16, 2018
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce
As the New Year approaches, most of us will think of all those things we could have done better. Those goals we would have liked to achieve. We create resolutions based on ideas that will move us forward and inspire progress.
However, if you are a fan of the New Year’s Resolution, you also know how hard it is to actually stick to them. Once the novelty wears off, many of us find ourselves settled back into our normal habits, doing things the same way, and making the same excuses. Last year I resolved to declutter and become more organized. I started off strong, eliminating and donating things I no longer needed. I cleaned out closets and drawers and I felt like I was winning at life! I couldn’t tell you the day that I started to shift, because it was so gradual. Messily tossed a few things in the closet, here and there. Placed old mail, papers, and more mess in my junk drawers. Before I knew it, I felt like I was practically back to where I started. But the beautiful thing, was that I wasn’t. I learned that I was ABLE to do it. I learned what it felt like to actually stick to my goal (even if it was just a few months), and how satisfied it made me feel. So, in my opinion, even the “unsuccessful” New Year’s Resolution isn’t a waste of time.
What I’ve learned about making these goals for ourselves is that EVERY micro choice matters. There are going to be times where you don’t feel like it, you don’t have the energy to go for that workout, or to fold and put away the laundry. But we can’t always wait for ourselves to feel motivated to do something, sometimes it’s the act itself that gets us motivated. Forcing yourself to go for that extra 30 minutes of cardio, will in turn create that self motivation that so many of us struggle with. It will lead to better decisions in the kitchen, in your mood, in winning over your self control. These small decisions that we make every day will be the most important part of any goal! They are choices and decisions that we are making to better ourselves. So think about those goals you have for this upcoming New Year. What choices will you have to make to get there?