A Practical Guide to New Years’ Resolutions.
Hi friends! I wanted to check in with you about how your new year has started and what you’re planning for the next month or so. I believe that one reason yearly goals often don’t get met is because we’re not looking at the immediate picture enough. It’s nice to say that by the end of the year, we’ll have started a corporation, have a million new instagram followers, and lost 30 pounds, but if you don’t start until November, the chances of those things happening are quite slim.
Instead, why don’t you start by breaking those tasks down into much easier to swallow, tasty little nuggets.
Remember, we’re not striving for perfection here. There might be days when not only do you not get closer to your goal, you actually get farther from it. However, from a mathematics perspective (Oh heyyyyy, ONE statistics class I took in college!), you’ll need to have more good days than bad. This is all to say that if it’s January 30th and this first month was an absolute wash, it’s not too late at all, but start now.
If you’re like me, the Holidays were a time of overindulgence in both food and sleep, and well, it takes awhile to come back from that. Not all of us can just magically wake up on January 1st and suddenly not crave sugar or sleeping in an extra hour. If the goals you set for yourself weren’t hard, you probably would have just done them the first time they popped into your brain, with no to-do lists or dreaming or sacrifice required. But, the older I’m getting, I’m slowly learning that the good stuff comes after the hard stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked hard my whole life. In some areas. I think what they don’t teach you in school is that things don’t necessarily come easily just because you desire to do them.
They don’t tell you that on the other side of blood, sweat, and tears, is everything you could ever hope for.
I think this is one reason I never understood why people could run for fun. It always seemed SO HARD to me - why would anyone do this? There are plenty of other ways to get cardio in. I always avoided it. I would talk to my friends who were running for HOURS at a time and, much to my surprise, they would paint this picture for me like they hated every second of it. Why on earth would they do it, then? I just couldn’t understand. Others would tell me that once they got past themselves mentally, and once they got several, several hours or miles in, that it got easier. “Yeah,” I would say. “That’s the part I could never do… I’m not mentally strong enough.”
The truth was that I had no desire to try. But the actual truth was that I was missing the whole concept entirely. Of course it gets easier. Of course things are hard when you start. Of course, with practice, you get better. For the purpose of this example, I will tell you that I’m still not a great runner. I don’t run fast, probably because my brain is telling me the whole time to conserve my energy while I can. I still don’t enjoy running. But, for me, running is proof that I can do hard things. I have legs and breathe in my lungs and the time and energy to do it when I let myself. Running is proof that things that are good for us don’t always feel good at first. It’s proof even if you have to start small, big things are possible. And it’s proof that if you want to accomplish something by December, you probably need to start, little by little, as early as you can. If you’ve missed January and February, that’s ok. Start now.