Resolutions. Many of us make them, and most of us break them. It’s February now, and I’m sure there are an infinite number of New Year’s Resolutions that have indeed been broken.
I overheard a conversation one day at work that got me thinking. A woman was talking about her desire to lose weight. But it was a Wednesday, and she resolved that it would be easier to start this new journey the following Monday. Start fresh. With a new week.
We plan our resolutions for the future, because it’s easier for us to come to terms with this idea of change when it’s not yet a part of our now. But a later time. In our minds, we believe that we can “prepare” ourselves for this change by the time it occurs.
Planning is always the easy part; it’s the doing that truly changes us.
In this world of instant gratification, it is no wonder that most of our resolutions are grandiose. Often, we seek to change a great deal of ourselves in a relatively short period of time – our appearance, our jobs, our living arrangements, our financial and social status, etc. We want a new “us” and we want it now!! To completely change ourselves and our life in such a short period of time (a year, for example), can be overwhelming to say the least.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t have resolutions, because, I think they are probably one of the most important aspects of our growing self. However, I don’t think we should continuously schedule these ideas for a time in the future – New Year’s, next week, next month, etc. Instead, I think we should resolve to constantly re-evaluate our life, our family, our jobs, ourselves. To find those areas in which we must grow and change, and take small steps.
When seeking to change yourself and your life, remember the definition of evolution: “The gradual development of something.”
Dream big; change small.
Marathoners don’t take one giant leap to cover the 26. 2 miles, no, they cover that distance with many, much smaller steps. And while this statement may appear as commonsense, this basic principle often eludes us when we seek to change aspects of our lives.
Take a few moments each day to reflect. Think about the many areas in which you wish to improve. Then, from that daunting list, pick the smallest, most simplest of changes, and promise yourself to make this transformation occur in the now.
Over time, these small changes will grow into quite a dramatic alteration of who you really are. And it is these small changes that stick with us for a lifetime.
Until next time, Happy Living!