I always know when it is January. All of a sudden the gym is PACKED. Can’t get on a treadmill, machine or use the 15 pound dumbells to save my life. About the end of February, everything gets back to normal. It is sad to see a lot of people get off to a good start and then quit. Did they bite off more than they could chew or just not plan it through? My question is, should we or should we not make New Years Resolutions?
Usually a resolution is about something that we would like to change about ourselves. Quit smoking, eating better, lose weight, being on time, etc. A lot of these “issues” for lack of a better word, have a lot of underlying things behind them. Can we quit cold turkey (cigarettes, chocolate, shopping??), or do we need to understand and address the underlying components that may be contributing? Are their emotional triggers and stressors that will undermine our committment to change?
If so, let’s address them so that we are set up for success rather than failure. Forget about one moment in time being an end all to make a decision or commitment to something. Think things through. Set up an accountability partner. Get a coach (you can always call me!). Put things in place so that failure is not an option. If you fall off the “wagon”, get right back on. I quit making New Year’s Resolutions years ago. I know that when the clock strikes 12 I will focusing on how grateful I am for the past year’s blessings, and looking for a kiss from my husband. How about you?