‘Tis the season for resolutions and goals and intentions that often seem to fizzle out before they really get started. Personally, I am not a “New Year Resolution” maker. I like to set goals whenever I feel like I need or want to improve on something – no matter what day of the year it is.
I feel a sense of pressure with the idea that January 1st means I am committing myself to some lofty goal and then by January 15th, feeling like I have already failed for the year. That whole process seems overwhelming, stressful and entirely too extreme for productive goal-setting and more importantly, goal accomplishing.
Therefore, no. I am not going to give you a download about resolutions or goals or anything like that today. You’ll see those kinds of downloads from me at other times of the year (remember when I started at Jim’s Gym? click here for that download). I am more effective at succeeding at my goals when I don’t set them January 1, but instead, set them at the time that seems right to me in my life. Maybe it’s March 10, or maybe it’s September 21. The date doesn’t matter – the motivation and determination to accomplish something does.
So however you go about goal-setting, just know that you have a friend out here in cyberspace who is supporting you if you would rather set a goal a month from now instead of making a New Year’s Resolution. Resolving to change or become better or work harder at something is a habit meant for all-year long, not just the first week of January.
In the midst of new gym memberships and vowing to lose 50 pounds or committing to write in a journal every day, prepare a home cooked meal each night or prevent global warming, I give you today’s download. Chill. It’s snowy outside my window and temperatures are much below freezing. But this download is not just celebrating the weather – it’s a reminder not to over-pressure ourselves during this time of year with extreme resolutions. Goal-setting in general should be doable, broken up into manageable steps where we can feel proud of ourselves along the way instead of only at the end.
Whatever you decide about New Year’s Resolutions (you certainly don’t have to share my opinion), take a minute to “chill” and enjoy the month of January, too.