It’s January! That means that at the beginning of the month, we all decided to make some commitments to changing our lives forever. No longer will we be fat and lazy and eat an entire Aero mint share bar to ourselves every night. No, we will get off our butts and become better versions of ourselves.
The problem with New Year Resolutions is that we start them, and after 2 weeks we fall off the horse and give up. We don’t think long-term goals and how these changes will affect us. We just assume they will be easy and everything will be golden.
It takes time to make them stick
When you thought of your resolution, you had an idea of what you wanted to be doing at the end of the year. I’ve decided to become a skinny, action-packed millionaire by the end of 2018. But, I’ve been to the gym 3 times now and I’m still a petite tub of lard with stretch-marks. I also have £4.34 in my bank account, so I’ve completely failed, right? Wrong. Any changes that we make will take time to manifest. I worked my ass off in the gym the last few times so I should be able to work harder this time. The same way I’ve been working my butt off on the site to post content everyday….oh yeah…
We take on too much
I have a few resolutions this year and one of them was to post on the site every day. I have loads of content planned, I have a schedule worked out, what could go wrong? Everything, everything could go wrong. Up until a few days ago, I was posting every day but then my laptop took a funny turn and wouldn’t charge for a few days. The result? I didn’t get stuff posted as planned. I felt so guilty because it is so visible. It’s not like claiming to eat healthily but secretly eating takeaway every night. Everyone could publicly see, that for 4 days there was no activity on my site. There is plenty of other stuff to keep you amused here, but that is not the point. Posting every day was one of a list of daily activities I had planned to better my life. And when one fell flat, the others went with it.
We don’t have time
You might decide to exercise every day or stop eating a small mountain of sugar between meals. But in order to do these things, you need to prepare. The problem is, you can prepare until you are blue in the face, it doesn’t mean that you can follow through. When are you getting the time to do these new activities? And when will you get the time to prepare everything so that you can stagger blindly out of bed at 5 am to go running in the snow? You will have to give up some other activity to make these happen. It is probably better to prepare your running gear and healthy snacks for the next day than sit and watch 5 episodes of Greys Anatomy, but watching Greys is more fun. Plus, you will probably need to go to bed at early o’clock in order to get up at 5 am.
Change is hard
Do you know where I am right now? I’m lying in bed with the heating on typing this up. I am supposed to be going to the gym later to lift my body weight in weight…..I don’t want to go. It’s not that I don’t like the gym, I have a great time when I get there. But it’s cold outside and the heat and the cosy bed…..seriously, I just want to sleep right now.
And this is the problem that everyone has. We have to go out in the cold and wet to do stuff. We have to go out of our comfort zones. We forget that the most important thing about these resolutions is that we have to push ourselves. We have to get uncomfortable. I’m not talking about climbing tree tops (I cried during that) or getting really messy in the quest to prove ourselves (cow shit optional). It’s about making those little changes that make us uncomfortable in order to make a better life for ourselves. Change is hard, but it’s worth it.
How are your resolutions coming along? Don’t worry if you have fallen off the wagon already, just climb back up and grit your grit, you have a whole year to make those resolutions your bitch.