Uhhh maybe not! Think again! All that sounds grand, but I sure didn't do all that today! And if you did, you probably feel completely worn out!
To start something new takes effort. Developing new habits and lifestyle patterns is hard to do! With the New Year here, many of us set goals and resolutions. We come up with great ideas for the New Year and visualize how we are going to eat, live and act differently. Then comes January 1st and we try to start of all of those habits and behaviors in one day. And then when we fail to do that, we feel miserable for not being able to "get it all together" and keep it together!
So what are we to do? How do we not doom ourselves to fail?
Don't start everything all at once. Make mini-goals for yourself. Why not start one new discipline a month? Why do we have to revolutionize our lives in a day?
January 17th is the perfect day to start a budget. Or how about April 3rd--you could start learning that new language. Or July 11th--that's a great day to host a neighborhood block party and get to know those "strangers" you've lived next to for the past five years!!!
Bottom-line: let's not hold ourselves captive to New Year's Resolutions and think they all have to begin at once. Break down your goals. It's like eating a big, fat, juicy steak. You don't just pick it all up. You cut off little pieces--make it manageable and digestible.
Research shows it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. So why not start one new habit today? And then once you've gotten that discipline down, start a new one.
So what are you going to do tomorrow? START! Doesn't matter what, just start! Don't think you have to go to the gym for 2 hours if you haven't been in 2 years. How about starting with a 20 minute walk? Or do you want to get better at organizing your house? How about starting with your car? That's a smaller space you can easily do in a day.
Friends, it doesn't matter what you did or didn't do today. Go to bed, get up and SIMPLY START something tomorrow. Create some positive momentum for yourself. And remember, ANY day is a PERFECT day to begin something new!