No matter how many times we hear it, eventually we all fall victim to the New Year, New Me Promises to ourselves. Of course, this isn't a bad thing by far, it only turns bad when we don't keep those promises. LOL. Let's face it, the gyms make all of their money in January (in my mind), because what better time to start that new workout plan (that we haven't planned for) than on the 1st month of the new year. We are excited,and motivated and we even fool ourselves to believe we are totally ready for this change. But what happens around mid March? We start to lose that same enthusiasm, motivation and focus. Why is that? I'm going to share with you my top 3 reasons we turn back into the OLD me in the NEW year.
1. WE FAIL TO PLAN, THEREFORE WE PLAN TO FAIL
I've learned over the years that as adults, we have great intentions of doing the right thing. Sometimes we fall short, not because our hearts weren't in the right place, but simply because we didn't plan. What do you mean by plan? I'm glad you asked. Planning is more than simply stating, or even writing down, something that we want to do. By planning, I mean doing in depth research, weighing the pros and the cons, holding yourself accountable and having actionable tasks to do towards your goals. For instance, if you want to lose weight, having a goal of "going to the gym" isn't going to move a single pound from your thigh. However, making a workout schedule with specific workout and a meal plan will definitely be a much better start toward your goal. I've realized, once we plan, we are able to get rid of all of the potential excuses that may arise throughout the days to come. So my #1 advice is to sit down and formulate a plan. Think through all of the obstacles that may come your way and find a solution around them.
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2. OLD HABITS DIE HARD
Let's face it, starting a new routine, lifestyle, or habit is so much harder than simply doing what we call our "normal routine." But Albert Einstein once said, the definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If we don't change what we are currently doing, we will definitely remain where we are. We have to kick the old habits. No matter how easy it is to fall back into the trap, just remember the end result. If your goal is to become organized, what are you currently doing that is causing the disarray in your life? IDENTIFY that, START there, and STOP doing whatever THAT is! It's that simple. Remember the old habits are what got us here in the first place right?
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3. Accountability is YOUR Responsibility
After we have made the plan, put it in action, and kicked the old habits, why is it we still fall short? We don't hold ourselves accountable for the results. When you were younger we learned if we speed and get caught, we get a speeding ticket. At that moment, we have to be accountable for our actions. We have to pay the ticket or we will face penalties or even go to jail. In order to not face those consequences, we drive the speed limit. Why can't we hold ourselves to that same regard when it comes to our goals? We have to hold ourselves accountable for the goals we are wanting to achieve. How do we hold ourselves accountable? I'm glad you asked. For me, I like to see or visualize my goals and responsibilities. Something as simple as a Goal Tracker can help you to identify your goals, develop methods to achieve them, and hold yourself accountable by adding dates and deadlines. I created a quick Goal Tracker for you to use for FREE!!!! This tracker encourages you to identify your goals and determine ways to reach them each month.