It’s been one month since you declared it, and probably millions of others like you. It’s more probable that you didn’t make it this far, also like millions of others. Yes, I’m referring to our New Year resolutions. Someone said “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Well, just as many January 1 declarations find themselves discarded on the wayside of that same road.
So why declare them at all? Tradition. Guilt. Ambition. A dare. Hope. Doesn’t matter does it? The issue is finding out how to actually see them through.
The first step is NOT to be discouraged. Step two…don’t give up! And step three is to reassess your resolution.
See, for a lot of people the problem is that the resolution is too lofty or too far off to claim victory. With the best of intentions, we commit ourselves to a long-term project with no evidence that we have been able to consistently keep even our day-to-day commitments. Anybody still having a problem with that snooze button?
So, where do we go from here? Well, if you can actually get started you’ve accomplished a lot. That motivational first step is usually the most difficult. After that, try shrinking your goal; not ultimately, but incrementally. There is no disadvantage to taking smaller steps…as long as you keep taking them. And isn’t that the point?
I’m convinced that we fail miserably at these resolutions because we get so caught up in the emotion of the declaration; we forget that the strategy is just as important. Rome wasn’t built in a day; and getting that new look, or to stop smoking/drinking, or going from changing negative to positive isn’t going to happen overnight. But if you commit for a minute, an hour, a day, a meal, a lap, you might be surprised at how motivating the accomplishment of that small step will be. As they say, one small step can make for one giant leap.
Now resolve to do something today…and do it!
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