It’s that time again…what do we do when a New Year approaches? We reevaluate the current year and start making resolutions for the upcoming New Year.
We start writing our goals on paper, make mental notes in our head, and do our best to achieve them. You say to yourself, starting Jan. 1st, I will start eating healthier and work out. Starting then, I will get fit. Life will get better this year.
Sound familiar? During this time of year, I continually hear chatter about THIS year being the year where they get fully committed about getting into shape and achieving their new year’s resolutions.
As this happens, I constantly hear a phrase that seems to be highly overvalued, overused and kicked around like a soccer ball at a kid’s game:
“New Year, new me.”
If you’re nodding your head and thinking, “Yup, I’m one of those people,” take heart. Your objective is a noble one, and, if accomplished, will surely do wonders for your health and life.
So why does this phrase seem to be overrated and the most common phrase for New Years?
For one, it’s too vague and doesn’t specify any precise goal. It also leaves you feeling hopeful while at the same time confused because you don’t know how you can become a new you! It’s just a dubious phrase that some use to just have something to say, respectfully.
While the intentions are great, they are usually short lived. It’s hard to achieve a new you without specific goals that can be achieved throughout the months.
People forget that it actually requires a great deal of effort to set specific goals, and an even bigger commitment to achieve them.
After February, most of the people who said this phrase flake out and I would venture to say that less than 10% of these people stay past the first few months.
How to Change:
Whatever phrase or goal you chose for yourself this upcoming year, it’s time to honor it. This is YOUR year! This is where you WILL start seeing results! No more stalling!
Start small and work your way up to big goals. Establish a schedule and continue to work!
- Set specific, achievable goals
- Develop a plan or schedule
- Establish accountability
- Embrace setbacks and continue
Although difficult, it is possible to begin a goal and stick with it. If you do, perhaps you can scratch off that resolution next year and have a satisfaction of knowing you have accomplished something very important.
There is always Tomorrow, but Today is all we really have control of.
I want to wish every one of you a happy New Year and I hope you set specific achievable goals this upcoming 2015 year and stick with it until the end.
What am I saying, I know you will! Because you’re an action-taker that will not quit! 🙂
What are YOUR New Year’s resolutions? What phrase(s) do you use that have worked for you? Comment below!