Not Breaking Your New Year’s Resolution
We are just a few days away from the clock striking midnight and creating our very own resolution. Unfortunately, many will make their vow to do what it takes to transform their life, only to find that they end up falling short. A large percentage of resolutions will never be met but that doesn’t mean that one of those unlucky people will be you. I wanted to guide you, as I have made these same resolutions in the past. I make mistakes like everyone else and there were some years I followed my resolutions but not before many years of breaking that same promise, most of the time within weeks. With that in mind, what were the differences that allowed me to stick with my plan? I truly believe that what a big part of helping me to complete my resolutions would be the people that I had surrounded myself with.
Now, I wouldn’t say that the people in my life were the sole reason that I was able to start finally sticking to some of my goals but they really did help push me through some bad days. If you have a person or two in your life who thinks that everything is lame or there is always a reason not to do something, consider having a talk with them. I never advise anyone to just cut ties with a person in their life, perhaps telling them about how negative they are being to you could help them to snap out of it. Sometimes, people don’t mean to intentionally make light of serious events in your life, they just don’t know how to act sometimes. I had known one of the rudest people at an old job and he became a very close friend of mine but why would I want to be so close to such a rude guy?
To help explain the confusion, it turns out that the guy I was talking about used his sense of humor to cope with feeling like the odd man out. Once I got to know this wisecracking guy, who everyone avoided, I found out that he was very sweet and caring. As for what kept me steadily ready to meet and exceed my goals was positive reinforcement.
If I could go through the first two weeks of sticking to my weightlifting, I would purchase myself a small gift. Let’s just say that, the first year I actually kept up with the resolution that I made, I had amassed quite a little video game collection, towards the end of the year. If there is a hobby that you have and you are meeting your goals, don’t be afraid to reward yourself, it can really help keep you on the right track. Furthermore, always having a clear picture of what enables you to change how you are living. 2017 is coming up extremely fast, so I hope that you have your resolution all planned out. Remember that it could take a few months before you start seeing your hard work pay off and that is common. Never accept slow progress as failure, each workout that you complete only brings you that much closer to the end result, which is a new you! With any luck, you will be preparing a new and improved resolution to roll into 2018!