January 1st has got to be the most promising time of year. In the midst of the dark winter blues the bleak overcast sky opens up and rays of hope shine down on a bright New Year. It’s an inspiring, beautiful time but also equally frustrating.
According to a study performed by the University of Scranton only 8% of people successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions; the top five resolutions being: losing weight, getting organized, spending less & saving more, enjoying life to the fullest and staying fit and healthy. Considering that depressing statistic, I think it’s safe to say that most New Year’s resolutions are just wishes that rarely come true.
While thinking about my life and my greatest achievements in changing it I realized there were 5 truths that made change possible in my life. I believe we’re all put on this earth to share our joys, our struggles, our gifts and our lives with one another so I want to share these truths to hopefully inspire you to make the changes necessary to make the coming year your best one ever!
My 5 Truths For Change
1) Realize that every day will be a battle. Your opponent is yourself, your bad habits, and your old thought patterns. I think this is the most common reason that resolutions fail. It’s easy to make a change for a few days but weeks are long and if you’re not vigilant old habits quickly worm their way back into your daily routine. That’s why it’s so vital to…
2) Find something worth fighting for. Remember you’re going into battle so you need a better reason than “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I want to fit into my old skinny jeans.” Those are goals, not causes. They won’t keep you as focused as fighting your battle for your kids, your family. Fight so you can be in their lives as long as possible. Fight so they know what real strength looks like and what’s really important. Fight because you’re still able to and one day you won’t be. All of our lives are so short and precious. Fight for your life.
3) Set several progressive short-term goals. Cutting things out cold turkey rarely works for anyone. When I was in college I had a daunting 95 pounds to lose. It took four years but I gradually lost the weight by setting several short-term fitness goals for myself. My first goal was to run a mile in under 12 minutes on a treadmill. After that it was to run a mile every day. Once running became routine for me, I increased the speed until I couldn’t go any faster, after that I increased the incline. The weight fell off me and I had never felt stronger in my life than when I was beet-red, huffing and puffing on that treadmill.
4) Remember your failures don’t make you a failure. It is really easy to call yourself or your attempt a failure and throw in the towel so that you never have to make a change. Instead, celebrate your triumphs and forgive your failures. Learn from your mistakes, let it go and keep moving forward. Be kind to yourself.
5) Accept that Discomfort = Growth. We spend so much of our lives trying to make ourselves and our lives as comfortable as possible, thinking that it will make us happy. It never lasts. Growth never comes from stagnation. Change never feels natural at first. You have to fight for it.
I don’t know about you but I’m ready to put up one hell of a fight! Bring on 2016!!!