The season of the New Year’s resolution is here! During the week between Christmas and the first of January, we tend to make a bunch of promises to ourselves that include everything from losing weight to starting a business to finding true love.
If you ask me, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone is so full of hope. There’s so much optimism. We can accomplish any and everything. We are unstoppable. And, it feels really good!
For so many of us – myself included – the feeling is usually fleeting.
Maybe the weight doesn’t fall off as quickly as you’d hoped. Or starting that new business is more complicated than you’d anticipated. And even Prince Charming is taking his sweet time finding you.
When we don’t get the results we want, in the timeframe we want them, we get discouraged. Once we start to feel discouragement, we become resigned to the idea that it really wasn’t for us, or our timing was off. Finally, hopelessness settles in and we simply give up. Sound familiar?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that we all have choices. We can choose to give up or we can choose to go on. Typically, we tend to get off track when we overcomplicate things. At least, that’s been the case for me. So, I’ve made a choice to simplify my wants.
Year after year, I’ve made a resolution to lose weight. And, year after year, I’ve disappointed myself. I’m not sure why weight loss has been so hard for me. Maybe it’s because the idea of losing weight feels so inflexible to me? It’s almost as if I don’t drop 20 pounds by the end of the year, I’m a complete failure. Forget about the fact that I managed to lose 15. It’s the last five that I didn’t lose that makes me feel inferior; like I didn’t meet my goal and therefore don’t deserve to celebrate what I have accomplished.
I know it sounds crazy, right? But that’s what we ladies tend to do to ourselves. We focus on the negative rather than the positive. We beat ourselves up for no good reason at all. But, this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to do things differently.
- This year, I choose to be unapologetic about my likes and dislikes.
- This year, I choose not to make excuses.
- This year, I choose not to put myself in a box.
- This year, I choose to be good to myself.
There’s nothing complicated about any of the choices I’m making and they’re all completely doable. And, the best part is, I’m the only person who gets to decide what each of them means to me. I’ve found that once you simplify things, life becomes better almost instantly.
So what about you? What choices will you be making to become a happier and healthier version of you in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy New Year!