By now the resolutions have been made. The champagne is long gone and hopefully so is the hangover if you “accidently” overindulged. The traditional dinners have been eaten. And the leftovers too. Everywhere I look there is a bit of excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Opportunities. And optimism for a chance to start over. Or start something new in 2014. And that is awesomeness for everyone who made a resolution for the New Year. Yes.
But you won’t see me jumping on any resolution wagon. No. You see, I don’t remember the last time I made an official New Year’s resolution. Why? Because I believe every day should be considered a “New Year”.
Think about it.
We have 365 days a year to start something new. To get where we want to go. 365 days to make a resolution. Or make a commitment to ourselves to do something that creates a positive change in our lives. Or our bodies. Whatever that positive change is, it takes hard work. Courage. Faith. And determination. To be more adventurous. Lose weight. Start training for a race. Run more. Run farther. Take more photos. Write more. Eat healthy. Eat less. Save money. Or join a gym.
But here’s the thing. Come February. Or mid-March the excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Optimism. And opportunity of that New Year’s resolution is gone. The hard work has begun. And many of us will believe the lies we tell ourselves when things feel difficult that it’s okay to give up.
And sometimes it’s okay to give up. As long as you pick up where you left off tomorrow. Because to create positive change. Lasting change. It will not be easy.
At some point you will want to give up. You will be disappointed. You may even fail. And you will find yourself caught in the middle of what it is you want and what it will take to get there.
But the more you challenge yourself. The more you tell yourself you are a boss. And show up. And keep showing up. I promise you. You will lose that weight. You will have run the race you trained for. Your gym membership will have been worth it. And eating less. Or eating healthy doesn’t feel like work. The positive change you wanted in your life will become your new normal. Because you will love yourself more. And you will feel how worthy you are of whatever it is you dream of.
But you have to want that positive change. Every single day. Until the day you reach your goal. And on that day, you won’t turn around and go back to where you were. No. You will have come too far. And worked too hard to become a better version of yourself. You will have come too far to go back to being a lesser version of yourself. So you will set another goal. And you will know for certain you will reach that goal like a boss.
But don’t get me wrong. I love the excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Opportunities. And optimism of a new year. A chance to start over. To do better. But if you made a New Year’s resolution, think about why you made that resolution. And hold on to that why as tightly as you can, so you don’t lose it. Because I believe by changing our mindset. By looking at every day as a chance to start over. By looking at every day as a chance to do better. By making every single day an opportunity to get ready for “bikini season”. And remembering why we made that resolution or commitment to ourselves in the first place. We can. And we will. Become stronger, wiser and healthier than we ever dreamed we could be.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you pretty awesome people and my wish for you is nothing but the very best for you and yours in 2014!
So far in 2014, I have run 14 miles, spent the day at the ocean and I also have been chosen to be a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador! I am thoroughly excited to represent a community that believes healthy living is contagious. Check them out!
Did you make a New Year’s resolution?
Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?
Have you been active in 2014?
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!