The holidays are over, and you know what that means don’t you? That’s right, its resolution season.
Somewhere down the line, humans decided that the New Year was the perfect opportunity to better ourselves. We told ourselves that we were going to get in shape, or smoke less, or eat better, or try something new every day, or even gossip less. We did this because we felt that these things were worthy of our time and something we would benefit from, and you know what, I’m sure for the first little while, we were pretty good at keeping to these resolutions; but somewhere a little further down the line things changed. The New Year went from a time to resolve to change ourselves, to a time to lie to ourselves.
“I am going to start exercising regularly on January 2nd!” (We can’t be expected to work out on New Years day! What are you, nuts?)
We’ve all said something to that effect, and if you’re anything like me or the average person, you probably fell off the gym train around January 23rd.
Why? Because these resolutions don’t end up meaning anything to us as individuals. Exercising on a regular basis means something completely different to me than it does to you. And it means something completely different to us than it does to a world-class athlete.
This year, resolve to make your resolutions meaningful! Here’s how:
The resolution is for you and you alone. Spend some time thinking about a way to make the resolution reflect that. Think about why it’s important, and what changes you’re hoping will transpire as a result of that action. Let’s take the ever-popular resolution to get into shape. Don’t just resolve to lose 15 pounds, give yourself a reason that it’s important to you. “I want to lose 15 pounds so I like the pictures of me on my vacation this April.”
In this example, you’ve set a specific goal, and gave yourself a timeline, which will make it even easier to make it stick. Then, go for it. If you can only run five miles a week, you tie up those running shoes, hit the pavement (or treadmill) and run the hell out of those five miles. I guarantee that within a month you’ll be able to increase it.
What you choose to be your resolution is no one’s business but your own. Don’t worry about what Jane in Accounting is going to think about it. Forget about her. Find something that will make your year better and own the crap out of it. So what if your resolution is to build more miniature car models? If that’s what you want to do, all you have to worry about is which one to build; and that’s a lot harder than it sounds.
DO IT FOR YOU
Whatever it is you decide to do, do it for you and you alone. Don’t try to lose weight, or learn to cook, or read more, just to impress someone. Those are half-baked pursuits and will almost assuredly fail.
People who resolve to make changes in their lives are only successful when they truly want to make changes. Take some time to sit with yourself and figure out if there is anything you want to improve upon for this coming year, for you. Don’t worry about not having the “flashy” resolution, or keeping up with Kevin and his quest to preform at 10 open-mics. You hate comedy anyways. Make this resolution something “dull” and meaningful. Make this resolution something you can be proud of.