It’s that time of year when we start writing our lists of New Year’s resolutions designed to bring us good health, joy and happiness, break bad habits, and much more. When January 2 arrives, we start running and saving money, eating less and smiling more, arriving early and not late, and whatever else is on the 32-item list, right?
But then on February 1 we’re still stuffing cinnamon rolls in our mouths, adding to our credit card debt, chainsmoking, living stressed, and whatever else we promised we would not be doing.
Guess what? We’re not alone. According to a 2013 Forbes Magazine article, only eight percent of people achieve their resolutions. I think the reasons we “fail” are we have too many things on our lists and we expect instant results.
So what if we did something different?
Consider this: What is the one thing you really want to change or achieve in your life? What one thing causes you the most pain, grief, aggravation, or <gasp!> joy? Yes, you can choose something that you enjoy! Whatever this thing is, it simply has to evoke an emotion deep within. That emotional response is the fuel we need for this journey.
- For me, I want improved fitness (strength, endurance, flexibility, and, for race walking and cycling, speed).
Now, think of one word or short phrase to remind you of that goal.
- For me, it’s “Consistency” — the more I can stick to my fitness plan, the more my fitness level will improve. The more active I am, the more calories I’ll burn and the less fat I’ll be carrying around. All this leads to better health, too.
Having that one word in mind also helps us make better choices in the months ahead. To work around my wacky work schedule, I could workout early in the morning or attend an evening class. Having cake on my birthday is okay because I’m choosing not to have cake everyday.
What do you think? I’d love to know!