Be Consistent in Moving Forward
So, now as we wrap up the year, I am sure that a lot of us have been thinking about what our resolutions are going to be when January comes around. We are going to be so excited for all of the changes that we want to make and we might even put some serious thought into what we want to change when January finally gets here. Here is the thing about all of those resolutions that no one ever seems to acknowledge: Most people quit working on whatever their resolution was as early in the year as the end of January. I said it before and I will say it again because it is so important to make this distinction: You are always a choice away from a new beginning, but you are a commitment away from a new life.
If you want to pretend to make change in your life and fool yourself into thinking that you will do all that it takes to change for something like a new year’s resolution then all that takes is a simple choice. Usually your motivation will set in and you will feel pretty excited and energized about whatever it is you want to do. Maybe you decide that you want to go to the gym everyday as your new year’s resolution. Well, those first couple of days will probably feel great. You will feel like you are doing something good and that feeling will fuel you enough to make it for a little bit. Maybe you will feel energized enough off of that feeling for a few weeks, but motivation does not hang around forever. Eventually, that alarm will go off in the morning and there will be no motivation to get you up and to go. You will convince yourself that it is not that big of a deal and going a couple of times was enough so you will give up.
If you want to experience true change in your life then it is time to stop telling yourself lies about what you want to change. You have to be brutally honest with yourself about what you want to do and how hard it is going to be. When you face struggles in your change that you are trying to make then motivation will die and you will quit. However, if you are committed to change then you will push yourself through those struggles. Commitment says that you know you are not always going to like doing what is best for you, but you are committed to it so you decide not to stop just because it is not always fun. Commitment can look ahead and see that even though things aren’t as “fun” as you would like them to be right now, it will all be worth it in the end so you stick through it. Stop relying on motivation and start committing to change if you want to really transform your life.
It all starts with you.