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New Year’s Eve is a couple weeks away. The tradition of this calendar holiday is to hit our reset button and forgive ourselves for last year’s commitment attempt, either consciously or subconsciously.
This year is going to be different. This is the time where we all make our resolutions, or renew the vows we made last year. A time where we say “this year is my year. This year I am going to start living a healthier lifestyle. This year I am going to lose 20 pounds. This is the year…”
“we try to go from crawling to sprinting and wonder why we fall.”
Habit is tough. We tend to struggle with our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us start off strong and do not have the stamina for maintaining our new lifestyle changes. Perhaps we were not prepared for this extreme shift in our typical day-to-day that we are accustomed to. Maybe we are scared because the results we seek are actually beginning to manifest and now we pull back due to fear of the unknown. Or, perhaps we are unable to withstand the other factors of life that must change when making such a big New Year’s resolution.
The biggest reason why we wait until this one night every year is to wake up this “new” person. Every year we hope to update our previous versions of ‘self’ and all because we made it a tradition. We are accustomed to thinking that becoming the new version of ‘YOU’ requires a reset of ourselves on this one particular night. Come January 1, we shall conquer our goals. But most of us rarely get far down the path of habit changes to achieve our resolutions. We make very high demands for ourselves on this “magical” night. Over the course of time, ‘self’ evaluates and recognizes the need for a change in order to truly stay in overall health. Whether physical, mental, financial, athletic, social, academic, etc., we are trying to better our daily lives. Somehow the recognition of change becomes associated with this decision that we can only change once the New Year hits.
Habit is tough. Where the majority of us will miss the mark is in setting ourselves up for success. Habit is a deep topic (for another blog down the line) but to sum it up we must first learn how to crawl before we can sprint. What we do to ourselves on New Year’s Eve is try to go from crawling on nice fluffy carpet to sprinting down the long stretch of a track. We put too much demand on the overall big change and forget to see the multiple little changes that must first be instilled before we can achieve the “resolution”. What’s the saying? Something about a cart and a horse?…
I love NYE folks, especially if I am seeing Phish in concert. But, in order to make changes that the “driver” in our head begs us to make, we need to create a goal that is both small AND congruent with the resolution. For example, drinking an extra glass of water a day is a small goal towards losing 20 lbs in a year. The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Prove to yourself you can start something and stick to it. Pick something much smaller for a daily habit that has a purpose guiding you to success for the bigger picture. The more little habits you dominate, the faster you can succeed at the overall “resolution”.
But my question is, why do we wait? We have 365 days in a year. Everyday essentially starts a “New Year”. Who said a calendar holiday is the only day for change. Besides, if it requires dominating a bunch of micro habits to achieve our true New Year’s Resolution, then we need a bunch of “New Year” days to conquer all the micro habits.
It starts tomorrow! Whatever you are looking to change, you must realize that it starts with accomplishing something small first. A small change consistent is better than a big change that reverts to old ways.
Habit is tough. We are our own worst enemy. We make excuses, justify, and lie to ourselves. It is because we are overwhelmed with the amount of work we already subconsciously know is ahead of us; the challenging amount of work that must be put in to get to the end goal. We see flaws within our flaw. Inspired and motivated as we may be to change, somehow we seem to fall short with what we promise ourselves. To reach our resolution, we must first begin to resolve our ‘self’. What’s that old acronym? Oh yes, I remember now…KISS. Is that a New Year’s Eve coincidence?
Let us make a new NYE tradition and kiss to KISS. So, if you agree please join me this NYE in that “ball dropping moment” to give ourselves an achievable goal, something that aligns with our healthy resolution, and Keep It Stupid Simple. Remember to crawl before you sprint in order to set ourselves up for success.
Go-pher it Folks and KISS (Keep It Stupid Simple).
Happy New Year’s …
For a starting point to help, try waking up with a glass of water for 7 days