Happy New Year
Happy New Year
Well the new year is upon us once again. Resolution time again. Will we accomplish our resolutions this year, or blow them on January 2nd? The key is to focus on making ourselves better and improving our marathon of life. We all know we need to eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight, save more money, and on and on, but why not commit to something we can achieve, one thing that will make our lives better. Instead of resolutions, let's work on resolve, something we all have and something we can make stronger, not just a goal, but a habit. Goal setting is important, don't get me wrong, but as admirable as it might be discipline and forming better habits are what can get things done.
In order to set up some serious resolve for next year you have to first know that resolutions are one of those things people don't take seriously and therefore why most fail. You have to commit at least some amount of time each day to you, be it 5 minutes or more, and you have to show up every day to that commitment and you also have to be flexible, maybe you can't do same time everyday, and maybe you miss sometimes, so be realistic and serious. Resolutions fail because of no follow through. We all sit down and believe we can be motivated when the new year starts, we are filled with self improvement energy, but that quickly fades when we go back to work and life. However, you can make changes, and you can be successful, but again commitment is key.
Like most things you need to write down your plan, your goals, or your changes. You make a list to go to the store, you make a list of things at work, you write out plans for work, and your life is no different. Download one of those apps that help you organize and track stuff, use it, it is handy and always with you. Take your goals and break them down to smaller steps, don't look long term, look day to day, see results and practice not getting so far ahead of yourself. If you save a dollar a day you achieve $365 in a year, but if you said I am going to save $365 it might not seem possible, so help yourself by starting small and making something doable. Get a friend, family member or buddy to join with you, be it exercise, dieting, saving, whatever you are trying to accomplish it is always easier with a partner. Take one step, and then put them together to cover some ground.
Make a wager with yourself or a friend on your resolve, because all of us hate to lose and therefore it also becomes another form of motivation. Figure out a way you can be more successful. If you are looking at losing weight, then plan meals for a week at a time, if you are wanting to exercise more then find a gym and time you can visit daily, do not sell yourself short, you can't give up and you need to know that. As you prepare for your year, just like preparing for a marathon, you have to train, you have to take it in stages, you have to stay on the path, and as the obstacles come and they will, you have to find an alternate path, but don't stop running, don't stop because of the bump, just go around it.
Strength and passion push us through much of our lives, and family and friends motivate us. Life is never going to be easy, and there is always going to be a storm that we face. Think about the folks in Rowlett this week that lost everything, look at what they face and other disasters that take everything from us. There are no guarantees in life, and our road will be paved with cracks, bumps, and hills, our marathon will be hard and we will fall down on the way, but resolve will help us up, spirit will push us ahead and faith will give us strength to face tomorrow. Happy New Year and never stop running.