Sitting in my home and enjoying the fireplace, I started to reflect on the past year. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the to-do lists and family events. The time passes and all of a sudden it’s the start of a new year. I keep seeing people post about resolutions for 2017 and what they want to “stick to” this time around. I find it humorous and sad that people think that these will finally work for them, without some preparation and dedication on their part.
I titled this post for shock value and to invoke the idea that these “resolutions” are merely dreams that have no place in reality. Losing pounds, quitting smoking, or drinking more water are all great goals to have if they have passion behind them and a plan of action. Did you start looking at workout videos? The patch for smokers? Pinning those water challenges with the gallon jugs?
Start NOW! We still have 10 days left in 2016. Sit down for a moment amidst the chaos of the holidays and write your plan down. Look at each month and find a way to fit in your goal. Just like with losing weight (believe me I’ve tried), keep your goals attainable. The biggest thing is to remember you are HUMAN. We all fall, we all stumble, and we all skin our knees. You have to get back up, though.
I write this just as much for myself as anyone else out there. It SUCKS to fall and try to pull yourself back up. Find a group or at least one trusted person to help you get up and encourage you on your journey. Stop beating yourself up when it happens and don’t let other’s voices drown out your own. You are in charge of your happiness, so stand up to the bullies (including that nasty negative voice inside of yourself) and make the change NOW.
For a procrastinator
like myself, it is easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” and forget about it. But, I will not give up on myself nor let my dreams and goals be set aside until the start of a new year. I start today. I start with writing more, working out more, and worrying less on how good of a writer I am. I hope everyone who needed a little pick-me-up today has a great rest of the day and finds a way to start their “resolutions” NOW.
Merry Christmas from the Newby clan.