As we end the month of January…don’t we all just remember it being Christmas, heck, we still have a few lights to remove and just barely took the tree down. But anyways, the good ol’ New Years Resolutions that we all prepared and started on Jan 1st.
Lose weight…walk more…eat better…start working out…be nicer…stop believing all influencers…
We were all ready…then real-life hits. Schedule change at work…you lose your job…you lose a love one…you become pregnant…you get an illness…your resolutions are derailed.
At that point, you are at a crossroad. Ok, well 2024 will be better.
Throwing in the towel, giving up.
I never believed in “resolutions” per se…more of “short term goals”.
So when I was thrown off or had an obstacle, I just knew to make adjustments as needed.
Nothing worth fighting for will ever come easy nor should it be. For someone who has had LOTS of broken resolutions and failed goals, but also have had their share of successes, I wanted to share a few tips on how to stay motivated when your resolutions/goals have failed (we are going to learn how to Fail Forward)
- Accept that failure means that you took a risk which regardless of outcome will always be beneficial. Lessons to be learned.
- If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always gotten. Do you find yourself quitting early, well, time to take a step back and make changes. Hang in there longer.
- Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Stop making excuses, learn…learn…understand it happened, move on. Whether it was your fault or not. Move on.
- Identify…did you fail or did you simply quit because it became hard? Big difference. Fail means you gave it your all…every bit of blood, sweat and tears. Or did you quit…cause it was hard…that’s it. Give yourself a chance. You are stronger than you think.
- Realize there is one major difference between average people and achieving people. Misery loves company. Negativity feeds off negativity. Surround yourself with positive people. We all use to have that one friend! The Debbie downer…always negative…THAT WILL BRING YOU DOWN ALSO! Be ALLERGIC TO NEGATIVITY (that sounds like a good tshirt).
These may seem like simple tips but they can certainly prepare you for what’s to come.
Understanding that outside factors can always change a plan BUT also realizing that it does not mean to just quit and stop. It means, chose an alternative, make adjustments. My good ol’ football analogy…audible…audible…change the plan.
Easy peazy. You got it. Believe in yourself. I believe in you.
Lets finish 2023 like no other!!