It’s right around the corner; the first day of the New Year and everything is going to be different from
now on. How often have we told ourselves this? More importantly, how often have we told ourselves
this, but ended up failing miserably within the first few days or weeks, and then we’re right back to our
old routine? Why do so many Americans want to do something good in their lives, but then it winds up
I have a few thoughts on the subject.
Change is hard – We’re creatures of habit, and when things don’t follow the same routine day after day,
we tend to panic. We don’t like getting out of our comfort zone to try something new. I believe that’s
why so many people live their lives envious of rock stars, athletes and actors. Those people took the
path not chosen, put in the hard work, and became successful at it. There is a saying that the average
overnight success took ten years to happen. If you want to stick to that resolution and achieve your goal,
be prepared to put in the hard work that most people may not see.
Lack of support – Misery loves company. Sometimes people see you doing a good thing in your life and
it makes them feel bad about what they’re not doing in their own. They may try to sabotage you. It may
be consciously or unconsciously, but it will probably happen. A friend may tell you to skip a workout
to go out for a greasy meal. A coworker may tell you you look unhealthy because you’re dropping
unwanted weight. Your family may even ask why you’re doing this to yourself. You can’t let that hold
you back. You will get plenty of positive reinforcement as well, and that’s what you need to focus on to
keep you moving forward.
Setting the bar too high – If your resolution is to make $1 million next year, and your salary is only
$35,000, you may want to adjust your goal. It could happen, but the odds are against you in an example
like this. For a large goal like this, break it down into smaller goals. Maybe making $45,000 next year is
a better option, plus saving $5,000 on the side. These goals will be easier to achieve and help keep your
drive going, especially when you realize that you are attaining these goals.
Diving in too quickly – This is especially prominent with people who resolve to work out more. They’re at
the gym 6 days a week, after months or years of not working out, and then within a few weeks, they’re
done. Every January through February you can see this in any gym. Pace yourself. You will find that
you’re not as sore (and that’s what usually keeps people from coming back) and you will see results with
Procrastination – I don’t see why we have to wait for a new year to make positive changes in our lives.
There’s no time like the present to follow that dream you’ve always had in the back of your mind.
If you’ve got a New Year’s Resolution waiting to happen, don’t let it go by the wayside like so many
others have done. Put in the hard work, stick to it and keep pressing forward. You may find that it’s
much easier to improve your life than you ever could have imagined.