Being the New Year and all, most of us make New Years resolutions. You know the usual. Resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, eat healthier, get fit etc. You name it. The first few days go great then gradually we fall of the wagon and go back to our old habits. For instance, your resolution may be to start exercising. Ok, that’s a good thing. We all should be getting off our backsides and exercise more. The thing is with most of these resolutions is that because we live in an instant world and expect to see instant results and that is just no the case.
You can keep those resolutions but you have to have a goal and specific plan on how to get there. You have to realize you will not have results immediately. You will not see changes overnight. Take small steps and you will gradually get there It takes time, work and commitment. They say that to change any habit you have to give it about 21 days. I believe that to be true. When I started out in my running program, it was hard at first. There were some days I didn’t feel like going out. In fact after the first day that I started, the next day my leg muscles were sore. I felt it. I felt like quitting. I thought well maybe this isn’t for me, I can’t do this but I made myself do it! You know what? I was glad I did because I actually felt better for it. I gave myself time. After three weeks of arguing with myself and my body it wasn’t a struggle any more to get my running gear on and go out. I grew to really love it and felt it when I wasn’t able to go out on my runs like right now. I haven’t been able to go on my runs since last summer when I injured my knee that I am still recovering from. It’s getting better and I am gradually working myself so that I can run again. I’m taking slow and easy but I will run again. I know that.
Be committed and don’t give up. Like I said before, even though your goal may seem hard at first and you want to quit, don’t. When I first decided I wanted to run, I knew I wasn’t able to run 5 or 10ks without some training. I found an excellent mp3 program that I downloaded on to my player, developed by a pastor that that no matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, you can follow quite easily and he talks you right through it through out the whole run. It’s like you have a coach right there with you. It kept me motivated. It starts out slow and gradually with every passing week you can do more. I was making good progress when I injured my knee that was unrelated to the running program.
Sometimes it may seem you’re getting no where and everything just seems to go wrong, you fall off the wagon and you find yourself back into your habits. You’re not a failure. Stressing out is not going to help. Don’t dwell on it, forget it, have patience, put it in the past and continue on. There’s nothing you can do about yesterday anyway. Keep telling yourself you can do it. You can succeed. Stick with it. Give it time. Take one day at a time and you will soon see results, I promise you. Keep a positive attitude and have fun.
Find a mentor, a coach, or someone who wants to achieve or has achieved the same goal as you such as losing weight. You have someone to support, encourage and motivate you. It may help you reach your goal a lot sooner too. If you fall off the wagon, that other person can help you get back on. If you find someone else who is doing the same as you, you can motivate each other and keep each other on course.
Above all enjoy life whether or not you are into New Years resolutions. Remember this life is not a dress rehearsal. We only have one life, make the best of it as you can. You are the author of your own life. It’s up to you what you do with the circumstances that you may encounter. It’s a decision we make about how we react. We can decide to make a bad circumstance into a positive one, it’s up to us. It’s up to each individual to decide whether or not they want make 2017 a good one or bad one.. As for me? I choose to make 2017 a good one! I encourage you to too! It’s up to you. You choose!