*ding* TIME TO CHECK IN!! We’ve made it to mid-May and almost half-way through 2017. How are your New Years Resolutions/Themes/Goals doing? Are you still holding on tight? Did you give up months ago? Let’s talk.
Even though I have been Abolishing New Year Resolutions (New Thinking) and came up with my Theme of 2017: The Listener, a lot of people still use resolutions. Whether it is to drink more water or be nicer, some people don’t make it to this point. Besides me personally waiting for the gym to clear out after Valentine’s Day, I really want people to make it to another year successfully.
If you have made it this far, keep going. You are almost there. By this point, whatever goal you had should be becoming easier now. You have started to see changes in your body and energy from eating right. You might have started to shake that old smoking habit. Or, you could be comfortably be writing daily like I’ve been inching towards. All things that you have been working on so far have been paying off. Congratulations.
However, don’t get to comfortable. You have made it this far, you can easily get overconfident and lose focus. You can say that you’ve stopped eating fried food for months, black out in Popeye’s on day, and wake up in a circle of half eaten biscuits and spicy, crispy goodness. You’ve built up confidence in something you enjoy doing. You deserve success. Keep pushing until you don’t think about it anymore.
If you haven’t kept up with your plan, it’s okay. You are not alone. There is nothing to be ashamed of. It took me eight years to get to a point of not dreading working out and I am still building the necessary skills to be consistent. I wanted to write daily for at least the last seven years and haven’t made it into a habit until November of last year. You will mess up, forget, get too busy, lose interest, and make excuses to give up. Don’t give up! You can do it!
Forget the idea of it being a New Years Resolution. Just start tomorrow. Start small and build yourself back up to a consist level. Make new goals if the old ones don’t work. Most importantly, REFLECT. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t with what you were trying to do. Did you have someone to keep you accountable? Did they stop keeping you on track? Find someone else. Were you doing it all by yourself? Grab a friend. Working with friends fail? Do it alone. Find a new food, hobby, activity, or simply re-examine the problem. Approach it from a new direction and try again.
This is a great time not to get discouraged, give up, give in, get complacent, or overconfident. You goals are very possible but most of all, keep trying one day at a time. You got this!
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How are your goals/themes/resolutions going? Any successes? Any opportunities for growth? Any ideas for remaining on track? Let me know in the comments below!