Achieve the unthinkable
Your inboxes and social media news feeds are probably full of New year Goal setting, Resolutions, New year, New You type words and so the New Year crazy fills the gyms, and healthy foods fill the fridge.
Let’s be honest a resolution at any time of year can be difficult to stick to let alone one’s that are set in often during the hardest months of the year. Isn’t January hard enough with the long dark nights, cold, dull days, lack of money, back to work, back to school and the come down from Christmas and New Year celebrations? And then we add in the extra pressure to stick to the same unrealistic goals we most probably set ourselves every year as far back as we can remember.
One study by the Statistic Brain research institute, found that 24% of people had dropped their resolutions by the time February came and by 6 months over 50% of people had given up.
This year I am rebelling, I am not making any resolutions, I am not goal setting, I am not changing me, I am NOT going into 2020 with a perfectionist attitude that sets me up for failure come my first social night out, or my first gym session that couldn’t happen because I had a sick child off school.
This perfectionist attitude is the direct, shortcut road to failure.
This year I am giving up on being perfect. I am going to be better than perfect, I am focusing on changes that move me in the right direction, steps that help me maintain a healthy, happy and more importantly realistic lifestyle balance.
One that allows me not to be perfect, to get it wrong, to have that piece of chocolate on a Saturday night without feeling ‘I’ve blown it so I might as well eat the whole bar’.
One that allows me to miss the odd gym session when life gets in the way and accept it for what it is, extra recovery, downtime, something you can’t change.
One that allows me to celebrate the days and weeks it all comes together, the small steps throughout the year rather than a set of perfect goals that mean I will fail come the 6th January.
This year let’s keep our glasses half full rather than half empty – I will definitely be raising a very full glass of wine tonight and saying cheers to a more compassionate year and being better than perfect, being real.