The New-ish Year
So here we are; three weeks into the new-ish year. Give or take.
How are you travelling?
Did you make any kind of resolution to do, be, create or change something in 2013?
Have you followed through?
Are you still doing what you said you would?
Are you finding solutions or problems?
Reasons to continue or reasons to throw in the towel?
Will it be different this year or will it be a replay of previous years?
Do you have an accountability system?
Have you identified your non-negotiable behaviours?
Have you thrown your safety net away or is it still close by?
I guess January 20 doesn’t sound nearly as sexy, exciting or transformational as January 1 does it? Statistically, we know that many people (perhaps most) who started their new ‘thing’ (diet, exercise program, lifestyle change, etc.) on New Year’s Day have already thrown in the proverbial towel.
Just like last year.
We also know that in many cases the excitement has been replaced with indifference, the motivation with de-motivation and the absolute commitment with very-reasonable-sounding excuses.
We’re great rationalisers.
Today’s post is not a criticism or judgment but rather a gentle nudge to remind you that creating lasting change is all about consistency and resilience over the long term, not excitement and motivation over the short term. It also has nothing to do with a date on the calendar or the day of the week.
Pick Up the Ball
So, if you’ve dropped the ball already, simply pick it up. No need to self-loathe, self-awareness is much healthier and much more productive. Re-commit. Re-focus. You’re not weak, you’re human. Not abnormal, normal. Consciously choose to throw away your safety net, lose the excuses, dispense with the short-term motivation and step into the long-term, non-negotiable commitment of your best life.
Life’s not a ten-week program.