Happy New Year, friends! We're officially beyond the first week of 2019. I love watching everyone become inspired to jump into reaching new goals with renewed spirits and energy. A few weeks ago, I published a post on how to win at the new year's resolution game. You can read and watch that post here (spoiler alert: it's utterly adorable). But now that we're more than a week into the year, the champagne bubbles are long faded, and the excitement of the ball drop is in the distant past. And for many, moving forward beyond the holiday season means resuming regular routines and with that, falling back into old habits.
It's not uncommon to spend the month of December goal setting and then in the first week of January, diving into the exciting new thing that you hope to achieve in the new year. But then as time goes on, eventually we lose steam and well, we slump. We sometimes quit because we get frustrated that it's taking too long to get from point A to point B. We can easily forget that big success takes big commitment.
Raise your hand if you remember the scrapbooking craze. Everybody's moms would get together at those scrapbooking parties and dish out that week's paycheck on fancy paper, paper cutting equipment, stickers, etc.
Now raise your hand if your mom has a ton of scrapbooking stuff collecting dust in a closet while they press the order button on their next Shutterfly photobook.
What happened to all of those memories you were planning to document adorned with shapes and colors that leap off the pages? Do yourself a favor! Make a promise to yourself now, to look at your goals differently. And as cheesy as it sounds, it's true. It's not about your point A, your point B, or the time it takes you to get from one to the other that determines how well you succeed. It's how you keep your head above the water while you make the journey. It's how you find peace within process- the chaos, the challenges, the messiness, the joy, the sweat, and the tears.
Here's what helps me.
Don't beat yourself up if you don't see success right away. I do this to myself constantly. Your self talk will greatly effect not only your rate of success, but also the way that you view that success. For the first 2 weeks that I was back on my mat regularly, all I did was focus on how weak and uncoordinated I was compared to last summer. Finally I started taking active steps to train my brain to stop looking at my time on the mat and in the kitchen as sorry efforts to get back to where I was. Some of these were forming new habits like: getting back into my routine of taking a yoga class almost everyday, using energizing and mood lifting essential oils before my practice, and learning how to make new paleo recipes.
Enjoy the time you put into making gains. If every time you try to get through that 3 mile run on the treadmill you're watching the news on that little treadmill TV and are bored to death, you're gonna hate life. So maybe instead, take the time to craft a killer playlist just for you so that when you hit that 2 mile mark, Beyonce and Jay Z will be right next to you reminding you that you are in fact, a badass as they sing, "I can't believe we made it! This is what we thankful for!"
Finally, pray. Meditate. Thank God for what you have and show gratitude to yourself for continuing on the path to success even when it gets a little messy. You got this. Get after it today, kill it tomorrow, and don't forget to breathe.