Resolutions aren’t getting a lot of love this year. It’s day 17 of 2015 and i’m already hearing and reading things like…
“they’re fun to think about but they don’t last” (you caved already)
“resolutions are lame, I set goals” (nice try)
“well that was fun, better luck next year” (in other words, it didn’t last)
or my favorite….
“today’s my cheat day” (and the next day and the next…)
I’m especially guilty. Rather than setting big resolutions for the year, I planned to take a daily approach and focus on things like: showing gratitude, meditating, yoga, and nutrition, daily, as opposed to a yearly goal. Well, then I was left with pressure of a daily checklist of things to think about, getting lost in the overwhelm of it all, and forgetting why I started this whole thing in the first place.
That. That right there is the secret. Why did I start this whole thing in the first place? Thats the question. If you can answer this, I mean really get to the bottom of this, then you’ve found the root of your resolution.
Maybe this year you want to exercise more, eat healthy, commit to always having a manicured hand, lose 10 lbs, run a marathon, travel somewhere new, etc. Any or all of the above, maybe? –Those are awesome things to attempt.
But let’s get to the root of it. Take a second and ask yourself why you made the resolutions you did this year. (go on; I’ll wait here.)
Generally, there is a feeling you are trying to feel wether you realize it or not. The reason our resolutions fall through so frequently is because we aren’t clear on the feeling we are after and we don’t realize that it’s ok to not like running, and it’s ok to not run a marathon this year, and there are 100+ other things that might make you feel happy healthy and free. However, if you don’t know that happy healthy and free is, in fact, what you are after, then you wont open yourself to trying any of the 100+ other methods to get you there.
Getting to the root of your resolution, will not only open many other pathways for you to explore, it will provide you with clarity of what you are ultimately trying to accomplish. This will allow you to set resolutions that are more realistic and attainable for you, keep you focused, and less likely to bail by day 17 of the new year!
If anyone needs help getting to the root of your resolution or would like to share theirs, feel free to comment or contact me here.
Thanks for reading!