How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? Great? Horrible? Thought it was still 2018? Wherever you're at, don't scare yourself.
What do I mean by that? When setting goals, it's difficult not to set them high and hope for immediate outcomes. Giving up becomes easier when things don't go as expected. Sometimes, we envision goals so intense we cause ourselves to believe they're not reachable, enough to prevent us from trying in the first place. Don't scare yourself.
Let's use fitness goals as an example. When the new year begins, a common ambition people have is practicing healthier habits, such as going to the gym more often. Regular gym goers notice the increase in attendance throughout January and watch it fade once February comes around. In 2015, U.S. News reported by the second week of February, 80 percent of people fall off their resolutions. The article doesn't state how it concluded this percentage, but the number is disappointing to say the least.
Don't scare yourself. Here's what you can do.
The reason for writing this post is to encourage you all to start small. That's not to say you shouldn't dream big. You should most definitely DREAM BIG. But starting small is your first step toward reaching those dreams. Referring back to fitness, gaining a six pack, losing/gaining weight, or setting a personal record may seem like road blocks away.
Make it more manageable at first. If you're someone who doesn't workout but wants to start, begin by committing three days a week. Scared of the "meat heads" in the gym? Workout with a friend, or get creative and break the chains by coming up with some fun home exercises to do. You can do this with little (and cheap) to no ( freee babyyy) equipment. Hint, the internet can actually be a great resource for finding new routines. But remember, always strive to move forward.
As I mentioned earlier, we envision these goals, wants, and/or dreams, but then drown ourselves in a pool of excuses as to why we shouldn't change. A reason why so many become part of the 80 percent is because change often requires stepping out of one's comfort zone.
That brings me to my next point; shift your mentality. Find ways to keep yourself optimistic and motivated. Whenever I'm discouraged, I'll start off the day on the right foot by jamming out to a fun song in the shower. Also try looking through old photos and videos of good times. If neither of those work, remind yourself why you started. Goal planners are a great way to help maintain focus, stay inspired, and monitor your progress.
I was recently reminded by someone very close to me that just because we don't or aren't necessarily achieving the goals we want, doesn't mean we aren't achieving something. Sometimes God, the world, destiny, whatever you believe in, has something different planned for us. Continue to work hard and eventually you'll realize the best has yet to come. Make the most of every opportunity.
The 10 Year Challenge has gone viral, and if you participated, chances are you like the 2019 version of you more than the 2009 you. Use it to remember change is good and acknowledge how far you've come in just one decade. Enjoy the journey and strive to be the best version of you.
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