I like what the new year brings. All those possibilities and the fresh clean slate. The momentum is building, your energy level is high and the adrenalin has kicked in.
If you???re like most people, resolution creation is probably in order. I try not to resolve only in the new year but whenever the need arises. My problem is not coming up with the resolution. Often times, it is about having the resolve to stick to it.
I find that if you don???t really think about it hard enough and make that difficult choice, you just set yourself up to fail. What do I mean? Take losing weight, for example, because that is a universal problem. For some, the battle is with sloth. With others, it???s greed. If you decide to lose weight and work hard at the exercise bit, but fail to control the greed, then you put a lot of effort in one aspect and the expectations are so high. Rightly so, because you???ve fought the good fight. But greed will undo your results. Wouldn???t it be better to make resolutions to both exercise more and cut down on the over-eating as opposed to just one aspect? Or simply give in and admit that you like to eat. This way, you don???t have to go through the yo-yo effects of dieting, exercising and the mental anguish and battle that comes with this territory. I would say, that many can???t admit to themselves that they want both. And so a lot of energy is spent on working on one weakness while the other weakness spirals out of hand. And the cycle continues. Maybe trying to control both weaknesses is too much? Maybe admission is too hard to bear.
But I guess the point I want to make here is that sometimes, you can start with small subtle changes. I recently started waking up earlier. It???s the result of now having a school-going child. That extra hour and a half in the morning makes all the difference. It???s a small change but with big results. And what a difference it makes to your psyche. You simply cannot underestimate the power of small changes. Let it work its course over time. Inch by inch.