It is now Friday, January 23rd. Where are your New Year’s resolution or resolutions? If you can’t answer that question, it’s time to re-visit the written (or typed) list you made 3 or more weeks ago. Once you pull that out and put it in front of your eyes, you can assess how much progress you’ve made. If you are falling short, don’t wait until Monday or Feb. 1 or exactly 3 months out from your beach trip or some other arbitrary day to start going to the gym. (though I have to admit I’m very thankful my gym isn’t packed) Start today. According to the experts who have publicly discussed Oprah’s weight loss, weight gain, weight loss cycle, it often takes several tries before you succeed at something. Think about smokers. How many people do you know that have put down cigarettes forever only to pick them back up when they get stressed? Then they go through this cycle so many times you don’t even pay attention until one day you realize they put down those little cancer sticks for good.
So, take a look at your goals, make sure they are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive (always time stamp them). If they aren’t, re-adjust them. One of my goals is to finish a list of house projects I still have on my plate. Because of the time stamp I put on each of these, I realize that tomorrow I’ll be visiting the paint store to buy just a little more paint to finally (and I do mean finally) finish painting my bathroom. Without a time stamp, I am sure I’d procrastinate for weeks or months to come. But deep down I know finishing each project takes some weight off my mind and my ever-increasing “to do” list.
Over the next few days I am going to cover a different topic related to resolutions and goals everyday.