Before we come into a New Year, we have so many thoughts about how the year will go and what changes we’re going to make, but just how hard is it to keep up with those New Year resolutions?
A New Year for most people means starting over, as if the year just past is a stepping-stone to a new beginning. We have good intentions to become fit, to be more productive and to be happier. Those are the things we constantly strive for, but don’t always achieve.
I am no exception. In the early years, although I started off with enthusiasm coming into a New Year, my enthusiasm would dwindle before I got off the starting block. I found the stresses I had before the New Year, become the stresses into the New Year. My focus around my disability also took precedent.
New Year resolutions aren’t a quick fix for us keeping them; they’re difficult to change, so it’s important we look at how we might change without us giving up at the first hurdle. To do that I believe we must stop forming opinions on just about everything.
For example, we have opinions on exercise; for some of us our good intentions belie a different unconscious thinking. For some exercise is boring, for others it seems a waste of time because we don’t always see a difference in our body shape or weight quickly enough, so we tend to give up.
We must start with a clean slate without any preconceived ideas, so that when we look at exercise, we see everything that is positive about it, rather than everything that’s negative. But it’s really about how we are. If the cup’s half empty it will always be that way, until we change it.
We must change our attitude and mind-set. Changing our lifestyle is also important because without that, our mind-set won’t change. I believe everything is possible, but we need to keep working at things.
It’s in the New Year we open a new chapter and I reckon that’s a good place to start.