We are over half way through January and the New Years resolutions made 19 days ago are either kicking into gear or running out of steam.
There is no field where New Years resolutions are more evident than the weight loss and fitness fields. I work in both. What is also very evident is the drastic drop in attendance that happens only a few weeks/months into the year.
Why is that? Well, if you are one of the those who is grasping to hold onto your resolutions you are probably thinking it is your own weakness and duly berating yourself about it each time you slip backwards even a bit. That doesn’t sit well with striving to achieve a goal. If you lose your confidence in your ability to achieve your goals you will most certainly put this resolution back on the shelf for another year.
What if you chose a different perspective? If you are like me, you have done this a few times and now know undeniably what DOESN’T work for you. That is a gift. I truly believe each time we “fail” we learn what won’t work for us. That always brings us closer to what WILL work for us.
If you use your experience and accept that the journey will not be perfect; how would that change your ability to power through?
What if you changed the RESOLUTION to an EVOLUTION? Think about it. Look to the past as your shining example. If you had allowed your goals to EVOLVE through your ability to try, fail, learn and try again where would you be now?
The reality about changing human behavior is that it will not be a perfect journey. But, it is very, very doable. I challenge you to think like a GPS. When you make a wrong turn, RECALCULATE and continue on your journey. It doesn’t matter where you are in the calendar year or how many wrong turns you take. Just keep moving forward.
We know for sure that if you stop your journey, nothing will change.