Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy New Year!! The Holidays are over and another year is done! And once again weíre at that time of the year when we all start making New Year resolutions for things in our lives that we know we need to change but have not got around too. I canít tell you how many New Years have I said that this is the year I do something about my weight? That this is the year I start becoming an active participant in my life instead of just a spectator? Since college, and for those that know how old I am, thatís a pretty long time!
But the problem Iíve found with New Year resolutions is that either we give ourselves the whole year to accomplish them, which means we donít need to get started right now and we can wait till next month or the next. Or we start out strong but peter out once life gets hectic again or we donít see the amazing results we initially envisioned. Either way resolutions really do absolutely know good unless you make the commitment to start today and keep at it for at least a year, regardless of the initial results. Otherwise you might as well make a resolution that this year Iím going to win the lottery, doable but not probable.
Last year I procrastinated until March before I decided to start making my New Yearís resolution a reality. As I look back my only regret is that I didnít start sooner. As everyone knows it has been hard work, but for the first time in a long time I can say Iím in better shape now than I was last year at this time and it feels good. During the course of the year Iíve met some of my goals and didnít meet others, but when I didnít, it didnít mean I gave up. It just meant I needed to take a deep breath and focus on the two things I had control of; how I ate and if I worked out. The biggest thing Iíve learned this year is that getting in shape isnít about a specific weight or a specific time frame, itís about everyday making the effort to be in better shape than tomorrow that I was yesterday. The rest takes care of itself!
This New Years I can finally look back and be proud of what Iíve accomplished over the year. I still have the same New Yearís resolution, to be in better shape at the end of the year than I am now. But this year Iím not waiting until March to start, I start tomorrow!
Hereís to everyone having a great 2013!
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun