Whether it’s a better work ethic, physical fitness goals, or spiritual pursuits, encouragement can turn into pressure quickly when it is coming from every direction. What to start, what to continue, and what to complete are the questions that a new year will stir up for all of us. It is no wonder that fitness centers and religious institutions are packed in early January and it isn’t a surprise when they are nearly empty (or at least back to normal) by the end of the month. It happens every year. But why? Why do so many of us make these resolutions every January and mostly fail to maintain them for more than a couple of weeks?
Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself
Enjoying the process might be the most important part we can do for ourselves. Finding the most enjoyable ways to address our most annoying qualities is one way to ensure that we will want to continue as long as it takes to see results. It also adds some excitement to starting the change in the first place.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the hype but also, don’t wait!
Take it One Day at a Time
And remember, a “resolution” doesn’t have to begin just because we hang up a new calendar on the wall. You can resolve to make changes, big or small, starting anytime of year it feels right. So, a March Resolution can be just as effective, perhaps even more so, than one made simply because tradition suggests it’s time to make them annually on January 1st. Do what feels right for you, WHEN it feels right, and you will likely find less pressure and more success as a result!