Why do people start out with massive amounts of energy and commitment towards New Years resolutions then fall flat on their faces when it comes to following through? The answer is different for each person.
I’m not a fan of resolutions. I’m a believer of intentional thoughts. What you think about, you bring about. It’s a simple process. Yet, meaningless thoughts, aka monkey mind, and/or behaviors, form roadblocks that prevent us from attaining success.
Since March 2012, I’ve been recovering from double hernia surgery. This means I’ve been inactive, putting on the LB’s, and getting close to putting a new hole in my belt. I needed something to jump start a new exercise routine. Ask the universe, and you shall receive.
There were several times I wanted to toss in the towel. I remember waking up one cold Thursday morning at 5:30a having second thoughts of attending the 7a Dharma class. I was -this close- to remaining in a fetal position under my warm Ethan Allen duvet. Another time my lower back was feeding me lots of pain and I had a legit reason for ending my challenge. In both instances I said no, I must go.
The first 14 days were extremely hard on the body. I was poppin Ibuprofen like a kid eating M&M’s on the evening of Halloween. Then at the beginning of week three, things changed and the moves became easier and easier. This is what happens when you create a habit.
I found my mojo on November 5th following a Hot Vinyasa Flow class. I hit my stride. I worked through the valley and persevered. The completion of the goal was tied to my unwavering values and beliefs towards physical fitness.
How about you?
- How many times this year did you start a goal and quit?
- How many times over the past three years did you give up?
- How many times did you quit, start back up, and quit again?
A different result requires a different action.
- Purchase a self-help book.
- Decide this time will be different.
- Hire a coach. I’ve heard this works.
- Create a vision board.
- Take it one day at a time.
- Promise yourself a special reward once you’ve completed the goal.
- Put a goal creation system into action. I have an inexpensive one that takes 10 minutes.
- Call me for an initial consultation to discuss your end game.
If none of the aforementioned suggestions resonates with you, perhaps this anonymous poem titled, “Don’t Quit,” might keep you from backsliding into quitting territory.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Unknown Author
What is the one thing you’ll do, that you haven’t done yet, that will change your performance in the coming year?
Commit right now in a comment below.