As the great motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once shared in a presentation; a resolution is actually a confession. Think about it. A resolution to lose weight is confessing that you are out of control of your eating. A resolution to get organized is a confession that you don’t have a handle on your life; paperwork, kid’s schedules, family responsibilities, etc. I thought it was an interesting way to look at it.
So here we are, in 2016 and my in-box is full of hype. How I should organize, de-clutter, cleanse (both body and home), set goals, backup goals and backup goals for my backup goals. Then there’s the push for Paleo, an invitation to join Oprah on Weight Watchers, discounts on magazines to teach me to “eat clean”, new recipes for Whole30, quiet pleas to start meditation (maybe they said mediation?) and of course, a variety of workouts I should try.
Even with the onslaught, the underlying or blatant marketing pushes, and mania surrounding a “New You” I do enjoy a fresh slate and firmly believe that a new year is a great opportunity to change things up, set new goals and work hard to achieve the results you want.
It’s not surprising that many people set the same goals (resolutions, whatever) every year. And that’s ok. Consider it a chance to get it right. Maybe 2015 was a bust. Stuff happens. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dust yourself off, re-align your priorities and start again.
In fact, starting over is the best thing you can do. Learning a new behavior isn’t accomplished the first time around. Even the success stories you read about on the cover of People magazine aren’t a ‘one and done’.
So work hard on making changes and don’t be worried if you need to check your internal GPS and start over. Consider it a small detour on your journey.
Now go run!