It’s that time of year where everyone decides they need to make some changes. We want to make next year better than the past one. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live a better life, we are all for it, but most new year's resolutions are never realized and it’s important to know why.
Making resolutions is easy but keeping them is where we struggle. The reason for this all comes down to the motivation behind the resolution. The rolling over of another calendar year is not a compelling reason to make a change.
If you think about it, January first is just another day. No different than any other day and the numbers on our calendar are just representations of our planet's position in it’s journey around the sun. What does our planet's position in space have to do with your desire to live a better life? Nothing.
Simon Senik has a famous Ted Talk titled Start With Why. While this particular talk is about marketing,the principles can be applied to our everyday lives. Ask yourself why you want to make a change in your life. Because you’re supposed to or because it’s a new year isn’t a good reason.
Once you have an answer to “Why?,” ask yourself “Why?” again, and keep doing that until you get to the real reason you want to make a change. Knowing and understanding your motivation is key to keeping and following through on your resolutions.
Your Reasons are Your Own
Forget everyone else for a minute. Forget all the motivational posts from your “friends” on Facebook. They are not you. Their reasons for doing what they do are not yours and shouldn’t have any bearing on why you are making a resolution. Most likely they haven’t asked themselves “Why?” either and they are not being honest about their motivations.
As humans we are innately selfish, and to some degree that is good. If we are honest with ourselves the reasons we want to do most things is for our own benefit. Don’t look for some fluffy feel good altruistic motivation. If you want to lose weight so you can look great in a bikini, then great. There is nothing wrong with that. That’s a good start at being honest about your motivations, but you can go a little deeper. Ask yourself “Why?” is it important to me to look good in a bikini? Your reasons are your own, don’t worry about what others might think of your motivation.
Have a plan
Once you know your motivations develop a plan or find a qualified person to help you develop a plan. The old adage is true. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If the change is important to you then it’s worth getting the support you need to make sure it happens.
We are here to help where we can. Here is a list of things we can help you develop a plan for: - Weight Loss - Increased Strength - Increased Bone Density - Lower blood pressure - General Physical Preparedness
We’re always here for a chat even if you need some help figuring out your motivation for change. Just schedule a free consultation and we’ll do our best to help you out.
Now go live better.