Every January, like clockwork, people begin their New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I’ve never been much of a resolutioner. I think that using the new year as an incentive to set goals is great but, often I find myself just wanting to hug resolutioners who set goals that are well, a little too intense.
You can do anything you put your mind to – I am in no way attesting that – but, sometimes I think New Year’s resolutions can lead to people biting off way more than they can chew.
For instance, many people use January as a takeoff point for healthier living. However, when I listen to people who haven’t been to the gym in five years talking about the twenty day juice fast and seven-day per week workout plan they are starting, it confuses me.
Goals are great but, just like the new nutrition plan you might be following – everything in moderation. I am not saying that making drastic changes in a short period of time is a road to failure but, for me and for a lot of people, smaller changes made over a longer period of time seem to have the best, long-term results.
When I hear people talk about resolutions every January or see my gym fill up with new members, I really want to see people succeed. But, I also want to hug every resolutioner who can be so darn hard on themselves.
There is always a place for tough love and, constructive criticism is important. But, if you are taking on a new resolution this year, remember to also cut yourself a little slack because just like too much pie, too much guilt can be destructive.
Whether you’re trying to keep you desk organized or want to drop a few pounds this year, remember that your New Year’s resolution is meant to last far past the end of January. Don’t set goals so high that you are back to your old ways at the end of the week. There is a fine line between challenging yourself and running yourself into the ground.
And most importantly, from someone who just wants to give every resolutioner a pep talk, don’t be too hard on yourself. Focus on how your changes make you feel and how little achievements can get you one step closer to the bigger picture.
One brownie, one missed email, or one bad workout does not have the power to derail your goal unless you let it. Let’s make 2014 a year of positive change.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions?