Saturday, December 27, 2014
New Years Resolution? Whats Wrong With This Year?
You are the sum of all your mistakes and successes, bad habits and good, the lies you tell yourself and the truths you celebrate and a simple ticking of the clock isn't going to suddenly change that because if it could, you wouldn't wait for a new year to make it happen. Changing your behavior isn't like changing a diaper, you don't have to wait for a reason, you can do it right now, any time you wish. The idea of a landmark to wait for change is appealing because it gives us time to continue doing exactly what we want to be doing versus what we think we should be doing instead. Thats right; if you think you need to change your habit of watching 8 hours of TV a night and instead get in the gym, think about why you watch 8 hours of TV a night. You do it because its what you want to do. If you wanted to be in the gym, you would be. There is nothing so pressing on TV to keep you from that goal, even binge watching an entire season of House of Cards is no excuse, and may actually be the reason Kevin Spacey still has a career (great show, shift fire).
Think about it, when you want to do something, anything, you have all the motivation you need to do it. From running to the store for a new thingymajig to starting a family, the motivation is reason enough to make it happen. Oh, the more complex the want the more difficult the path to making it happen but it all starts with honest motivation, which shouldn't be calender dependent. Is there some ethereal force in December, some chronological specter that will suddenly not be there in January?
Training is what we do to become what we want to be with a skill or a physical way of life. Its an idea that appeals to us enough that we make a plan to achieve it and that plan shouldn't be calender dependent. Setbacks are coming, excuses for skipping a day or a class or to not even start are coming; be ready for the lack of motivation or the crunch of time when other life activities threaten to steal some of your time. Every second spent working for a positive goal is better than letting that second go to waste. Be it 15 minutes or an hour you can give each day, its going to be better than saying some day. If you want to wait for January 1st to begin, thats fine, but just like January of this year, dont be the guy or girl who has given up before the month was over. Grind hard, make time and crush all the excuses until that goal isnt as important as your new way of life.