This is the time everyone starts working on their new year's resolutions.
I don't make New Year’s Resolutions. Oh the humanity! Wait, I do make resolutions and if one falls on January 1’st that's fine. Don't get me wrong, I get excited about the new year and what it will bring. I do celebrate a fresh 365 days to fill or not fill. But I don't need a new year to resolve or recommit to something. I reflect, I think about the past year and years sometimes this brings to the forefront of my mind changes that I need to make sometimes it doesn't.
“The new year brings a day, to tune the rhythm called SOUL, with the best chords called EXPERIENCES and play the instrument called LIFE.”
If something is in line with my purpose, I make a plan for the best way to implement it into my life, then I get started. (After reflecting I realized that I tend to do this during the summer months) I make sure it's going to be permanent by making small changes and replacing old habits with new ones. This does not mean that I follow through 100% of the time, I am human and sometimes old habits creep back in. I can tell you though I'm not waiting until January 1st to give it another go.
I have found that there's too much pressure that comes with New Year's Resolution there's that feeling of “I told everyone what my resolution is, so I better show up or I'll never hear the end of it.” Those reasons might be the push you need to get started, but if that the only reason, you're not going to make it. I have learned that people tend to go all in with their resolutions and get burnout fast, their resolutions also tend to be super sized; if your resolutions are too big and not thought out, they quickly become overwhelming and seemingly unattainable.
People wake up January 1st and say "this is the first day of the rest of my new life!" (actually for some it may be Jan 2nd) Guess what? That day is every day. How awesome is that?! Everyday can be a January 1st! 365 days to achieve your resolutions.
Now doesn't that just relieve so much pressure? it's possible for you to wake up tomorrow with same enthusiasm you had Jan 1st in fact; I highly recommend it.
Now that you're feeling better here are some tips for starting resolutions any day of the year
Start small: Life is made up of Small habits. Start by replacing one Small habit with another. If you want to learn new exercises don't commit to the entire Czerny School of Velocity book. Select at least 2 exercises you will master in the next 2 months.
Let it go: if you're trying something again, great. Don't beat yourself up because you are trying it again. Learn from the past, prepare for the future, making yourself feel bad is definitely not going to help you stick to your guns. So last week you didn't stick to your resolve to practice more, figure out why and try again, no self-deprecation.
Be honest: Do you really want to make this resolution? Is someone pressuring you? Your resolution may be something very good that you know you need. But if your heart is not truly committed, or you really do not want to make the change the chance of you sticking with it is very low.
Get help: Sometimes we don't have all the tools and we need some help. Or you may have the tools but you need accountability. The most successful people in the world have and/or had coaches and accountability partners. No man is an island, getting someone in on your resolution is a great way to stay on track and make your resolution permanent.
So use these tips and get started today, tomorrow, any day with your resolutions.
Happy New Year!
What do you do to make your resolutions permanent?
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