It’s like meeting someone you really like, then forgetting their name! “Ohhh, it’s “NEW YEAR’s Resolution,” I thought your name was Mike…my bad sorry, I’ve been so busy lately that I forgot!”
So…What’s up with that confounded New Year’s Resolution?
Isn’t it funny how we start something with great gusto, energy and with real intentionality then drop it like fresh hot stinky poop when life gets going? This is precisely why I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions!
I believe in deep, and meaningful life change!
In my 2018 New Years Post 525,600 Minutes, I discussed measuring your life holistically rather than one year at a time.
In my humble opinion, a New Year’s Resolution implies something temporary.
I guess my question is:
If you can stick to something for a whole year, why not just make the change for life?
I know, I know, the thought of doing something “for life” sounds daunting, but if a change is good, why not!? By way of example:
Many people start flossing their teeth as adults… once you’ve done it for an extended period of time, why would you stop? The idea of flossing your teeth for the rest of your life is a good thing, right? See… good life long change! It really is that simple!
Step 1: Make the decision
Step 2: Following through
The kind of real change I’m talking about requires commitment, determination, and relentlessness. Further, it requires forgiving ourselves for slip-ups and getting right back on track! It means that we avoid making the excuses of everyday life such as time, family, work, rain, my dog ate it… blah blah blah. It’s about small actions every day that continue us down the path…one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
True life change doesn’t mean that you won’t wake up some mornings with an attitude of “not today” it means that you push through the resistance and do it anyway!
Seriously, I’ve been working out for most of my life and I STILL have days like this. That said, in August of 2017 I increased my workouts to 6 days a week. In that time I’ve only missed the goal 2 weeks. AND on the weeks I missed, I still did 5 days! I know because I record every workout and hold myself accountable. This was not a New Year’s Resolution. It was a decision that I made on the seemingly random day of August 16, 2017. I am still on the path and will continue to work out at this level!
Accountability is another critical aspect of real life change. If your goal is to lose weight but you don’t get on a scale, or take your measurements. How are you holding yourself accountable? If your goal is to improve your financial situation, but you don’t track your credit or balance your accounts, how are you holding yourself accountable?
If you’ve gotten off track toward your goals(s), it’s all good… just begin again! No guilt! No self-judgment! Just start again!
Let’s jump off of the Resolution bus and let’s transfer to the Life Change train…tooot! tooot!
Love, Light, and Life Long Positive Change!
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