We all know the new year is a time that many people use to “start over.” We leave behind whatever bad or regretful things happened last year and look forward to what good might come in the new year. We also make resolutions, promising to make positive changes in our lives. However, these resolutions hardly have staying power. They are abandoned, many times, after just a few weeks. Gyms are notoriously packed the first week of January and empty again when February rolls around. It isn’t just fitness goals either. We promise to eat better, stop bad habits, read more, spend more time with family, and many other things we should probably be doing anyway. We use the new year as a turning point to make these changes, but fall back into our old habits very quickly.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. The new year IS a great time to make positive changes in our lives! The idea of waking up in a new year and being different—really making changes that benefit our lives—is amazing! But it isn’t easy. It’s hard to get up early in the middle of winter to go work out. Finding a book that is enjoyable and choosing to read it instead of watching the newest show on Netflix is extremely difficult. Not picking up a donut when they are brought into the office is, seemingly, impossible. These are real struggles that we all deal with everyday. But, if we want to make changes to our bodies and minds that enhance our lives not just today, but in the future as well, we might have to struggle a little.
Figuring out why we really want to make these changes is the best motivator. Focusing on the outcome, on how our lives will change for the better, is the best way to stay on track.
What are your resolutions? Why did you choose them? Focus on that and stay with it!
Happy New Year everyone!