New Year’s Resolutions. Did you have any? Have you stuck with them? Statistically speaking, according to one poll, 80% of New Year’s resolutions have fallen to the wayside by February… 80%!! Only one month in. That’s tomorrow, by the way. February starts tomorrow. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?
I always liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions, maybe for some of the same reasons you do. The idea of a blank slate after what’s often been a long year full of ups and downs as years are prone to have, is refreshing (I’ve noticed that for some reason, the downs seem to stick out more prominently in people’s minds when reflecting on the year that’s passed).
I think the concept offers a mental cleansing for many of us. But it also comes with a heavy load. What happens when February 1st hits and you’ve either not started or not consistently kept up with those New Year’s resolutions? What if you’re part of the 80%?
Perhaps you’re thinking this is a little late in the game to be talking about New Year’s resolutions. After all, by now, you’ve either made them or you haven’t and most likely, you’ve stuck with them or given up until next year. Which is precisely why I wanted to have this discussion now. One month into the New Year.
At this point, clarification might be helpful. It’s important to constantly strive to improve yourself and your life, in whatever ways that be needed. If that manifests itself in your mind in the form of making a resolution, so be it. But don’t set yourself up to fail. Don’t get trapped into the mindset that the New Year is the key to beginning again.
The only “New Year’s resolution” I’ve made this year is one of an open mind and a continuing commitment to self love and acceptance. These are areas I’ve already made progress in but ones that I constantly want to be aware of and work to strengthen. Instead of beating myself up over areas I wish I were further along in, I’m choosing to stop stressing and start doing… with the awareness that the goal might change and the timing might not be right and that has to be okay. All the while, always keeping in mind, it’s never to late to start fresh or to start over. January 1st is just a date on a calendar.
My goals with my health remain the same, to continue working towards balance, listening and learning from my body as I go along. It’s also very important to me that I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. That’s where growth happens and it’s something that gets easier with practice… and the last year has provided opportunities to practice. I ended 2018 and began 2019 grateful. For life, for health, for you – my friends and my family. I hope you’re able to stop and reflect on how blessed you are too.
What “resolutions” are you making?