Now that the January New Year’s hype is over, and resolutions have long since become forgotten or tossed aside, it’s time I ask myself what is the point of new year’s resolutions if so many fail to follow through with them? I’m not saying that I’m not part of the equation as this year I didn’t really bother with even coming up with them. So why is it so important?
There are the obvious reasons of course, like to start the year off well, to have goals for the year and to change old habits. The list goes on, but all of these are only reasons for it if you actually stick to them – if you give up before you’ve even started you’re not gonna reap the benefits.
It got me thinking that maybe we’ve got it all backwards, that we’re doing this very wrong. Resolutions shouldn’t happen for a new year. If you need to change something about your lifestyle. Then change it, you don’t need to wait for time to catch up with your change. Make a plan – decide what you are going to do in order to create this change and most of all decide how. What measures are you putting in place to make sure that you will achieve the what you are going to do to achieve the change? Sounds a little complicated. However, we often decide we are going to do something but we don’t come up with how exactly we are going to this.
The other thing is that resolutions should never be once a year. We should make resolutions every month or week or day. They don’t have to be big things just little things. It could be blocking out fifteen minutes a day to do exercise, every day. In two or so months you’re getting fitter but more importantly, you’ve started to develop a habit of it. There is a fitness goal in the process of being complete.
It could be trying to go to bed early or making an effort to spend less time on your phone. They don’t have to be completely flipping your world in a day if you’re making the effort to change something no matter how small – that’s a resolution.
You can’t expect to just wake up the person you want to be without any work, it takes baby steps, working on those things you want to change every day.
And you will have bad days, we all do, but it’s important that you get up the next day and try again. Never give up – if your current method isn’t working then try something. But just keep trying. You might not see it straight but after a little while, you’ll begin to notice small things and then bigger things and it will all be worth it.
Create the change you wish to see in yourself.