change the way you think about change

With the new year now upon us, there is one word that keeps popping up everywhere. In internet articles informing us of how to plan out our year, in conversations with curious friends and family and pretty much any and every medium around us. The word of the day is: resolutions.

Resolutions come in all shapes and sizes once the new year hits; from weight loss to reading more books, travelling more to saying yes to everything (be careful about that one…)! As we gather together on the first of the year, we eagerly share the goals we have set ourselves, feeling nothing but optimism for the successes that await. In those first few weeks of January we are simply raring to go…and then, much like the year before, the novelty of resolutions wears off.

Say you made a new year’s resolution to lose weight this year. The year has just begun and you’re ready to throw on all of that brand new Nike gear you scored from Santa and hit the treadmill running. Your gym routine operates as efficiently as a German train and you wonder why you put off starting for so long.

Then, after an especially tough day in the office, you choose wine over a workout (which, by the way, is totally acceptable). A birthday crops up, you simply have to try the brunch at the new cafe around the corner and Rafa Nadal is back on the scene and he obviously needs your support. Suddenly, your days of kicking it like Kayla are behind you. That’s it, you think, it’s too late now. You’ve missed your moment to make this change happen. Better wait until next year. If you find yourself at this point, just take a moment and think. Think about why it is that we seem to set such stringent timelines on when we can make change happen.

This is the primary problem I have with making new year’s resolutions. They have a notoriously short shelf life and they also often cause us to forget about the “little” moments. So you want to lose ten kilos this year? It doesn’t have to happen in the first month of the year. You’ve fallen off the wagon for a few weeks? Forget about it and remember that one kilo you already managed to shift since the beginning of the year. Celebrate the little moments and remember that you’ll never make it to the big ones without them.

Maybe the year won’t start off quite as you hope and you don’t get around to making any changes until the middle of the year. It does not matter when you make a change in your life, all that matters it that you make it. If you resolved to read one book a week this year but miss the first few weeks, don’t wait until next year to try again. Start now.

“For what it’s worth…it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it…” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m not saying you shouldn’t make resolutions. I’m saying that you should change the way you think about them. If you want to make a change, vow to make it. Vow to live everyday like it’s the first of January.

If you need some inspiration for how to keep this year interesting, check out my bucket list and see how many you can tick off this year!

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