Each year offers us a fresh start, a new chapter in our book called life. The truth is, a large percentage of people make New Year’s Resolution because they are seeking change. We dive in with both feet and give it our all but after a couple of weeks we end up falling off the wagon and land right back where we started. That was me. I knew exactly what I wanted but that didn’t help me because I wasn’t making my goal attainable over time. For a number of years, I set out each New Year to feel better and live healthier. When January 1st hit I was geared up and ready to go. I’d get rid of all the unhealthy food in my fridge and pantry, replace it with fruit and veggies and set myself up with a gym membership. Instead of making slow, progressive changes I made them all at once which proved to be unsustainable every time. I’d be really into it and on track for about a month but before too long I’d be back to my old eating habits and would have lost that gym membership. I found myslelf right back where I started.
We are an instant results society. When we set out to achieve a goal we want to see tangible results right away. Success occurs over time with progressive small change. Instead of making a resolution that won’t last beyond the month of January set yourself up for success. Reaching your goal is a journey, a lifestyle change , allows it to transpire over time.
Understand that we are human and we will make mistakes but our mistakes are not weaknesses and reasons to quit. Mistakes are stepping stones to success. With any lifestyle change, whether big or small, times will get tough and if you don’t have a plan to help you deal with this it will be that much easier to make excuses and quit. The truth is most of us jump right into New Year’s resolutions without a plan and before too long we give up. Whether your plan is to release negativity by journal writing, going for a walk to clear your head or taking a scheduled day off: be proactive and make a plan.
If you have made a resolution be sure it’s what you want and that you’ve made it for the right reasons. Understand that you can make goals at any time of the year. If you’re not ready right now then take some time to prepare yourself and start when you are ready. When you are setting out to obtain a goal make no excuses, figure out exactly what you want, make your goal realistic and have a plan to deal with stress and negativity when times get tough. That’s the recipe to sustainable, successful change.