So here we are kicking off a new decade (did the new decade begin on January 1, 2020 or is it actually January 1, 2021?). Who cares and Happy 2020! Are you rocking your resolutions? Yes? Good for you! If not, read on.
This is usually the time when the gym clears out and people begin to slack off. Do you know why? Many reasons. Unrealistic goals, we all want to push the “easy” button (and it’s not!), no support, or heck, maybe you picked a resolution you THINK you should tackle rather than choosing one you’re really ready to rock.
The Bottom Line on Resolutions…The Double Whammy
There are two big reasons we get tripped up on New Year’s resolutions. First, while resolving that New Year’s Day, you will begin to _________ (fill in the blank) seems fresh and inspiring,
it’s arbitrary! Seriously! You don’t have to wait for a new year. Every month is a new month. Every day is a new day! So, if you blew your Whole 30 program January 7, resolve to start again tomorrow. Happy new opportunity!
The second mistake is that we choose gigantic goals…run a marathon, find a new job, clean the garage. While these goals are noble for sure, they can be HUGE. So instead of picking goals where you’re likely to fail, set realistic and achievable small goals where you’ll be more likely to succeed.
Yes, I said it. Slow and steady can win the race. Check this out:
- Instead of deciding to lose 40 lbs, aim for 2 lbs. You don’t think that is a lot? Hold 2 lbs of butter.
- You want to meditate? Don’t fret about finding 30 minutes, just start with 5 minutes.
- Looking for a more satisfying career? Apply for 2 jobs each week.
- Want to declutter your house? Start with one drawer.
- Want to eat healthier? Start with one healthy meal a day.
- Want to run a marathon? Start with running a mile.
Crush your tiny goals and you will gain confidence for bigger ones. Small accomplishments will create a domino effect and create momentum. Don’t be discouraged. Show your inner voice who is in charge. Don’t let your brain talk you out of what you really want. You’ve got this! Now, go small and start now!