Resolutions Can Be Broken Any Time of Year….
Wise words from one of my best Gals, Michelle….
I’m a huge fan of setting goals. I love new year resolutions and the thought of creating new beginnings. There is something about starting out the new year with motivation and excitement to achieve a better life that drives us all…for about a week. It’s like the feeling of a new haircut that grows out or that new boyfriend who was once the hottest thing ever and is now comfortable farting in front of you. Resolutions lose their luster, we lose steam, and one step in the wrong direction can throw the entire thing off.
Like most years, this year I struggle with the fact that the new year begins on a Sunday. I typically like to start everything on a Monday. I know that 2018’s resolution will stick because New Year’s Day falls on a Monday! Oh boy, the stuff we tell ourselves! After all, this year will be different… That voice of ours is the same one justifying the order of 3 boxes of Samoas that the sweet little resolution breaking Girl Scouts come around to sell mid January. I’m big on resolutions… and I’m a pro at breaking them. You need to justify your excuse? Give me a call and I will help you.
So this year, I decided to start my New Year’s resolution on the Monday before Thanksgiving. My thought process is that kick-starting my resolution before the holidays will put me at an advantage come the New Year. My resolutions are usually food or exercise oriented; I want to clean up my diet, add those extra workouts that I’ve been making excuses to skip since September, or sign up for a race that I can train for. This year its a combination of the 3 and starting it 5 weeks early gives me a mini goal to already be in the habit when 2017 arrives. This also helps me to keep my eating and exercise in check throughout the holidays. Being in control during the holiday season can add so many benefits of enjoyment to your holiday season. As we all know eating well and exercise promote energy and an overall better mood. Who couldn’t use both of these when trucking through the crowded mall as “Santa”??
No one said resolutions have to start on January 1st. In my eyes they have to start on a Monday, but what would be an ideal time for you to make a change? Or when do you feel you need to? If you are feeling you need it now, then don’t let yourself continue to drag thought the next month waiting for January. I have made and broken many resolutions but have planned and conquered even more goals. Figure out that goal, and start taking steps toward achieving it. Some goals take a long time, be patient with yourself. Enjoy the journey because its all part of the wonderful experience. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal” and you might just find yourself feeling oh so good at life!