The new year is just that, NEW! Where and who do you want to be in 2013?! While you can start something new any day of the year, January 1st is an opportunity to really, as Rich Roll would say, “draw a firm line in the sand.” This is the time to sit down and think back on the past year and think about what your goals are moving forward. Starting now, look ahead to the future. It’s not necessarily about wiping the slate clean, but rather evaluating where you are and where you want to be. Take your experiences with you and set a goal or resolution (or two) to work towards.
But don’t just make it a goal for 2013, or for just a few months. Make it a goal that will become part of you, forever. Incorporate your goal into your daily life and soon it will become second nature. Think of your goals and resolutions in terms of lifestyle changes. Positive things you want to do for the rest of your life. Something that will become a part of who you are.
But the key to a successful resolution is making sure that it is sustainable. Not something that will be short lived or temporary. Not something that is absolutely unrealistic. But something that you can work towards, and once you achieve it, that you can maintain.
In regards to making a sustainable change, you can think of it in Engine2 terms – the firefighter or cadet approach. Jumping all in, firefighter style or easing in gradually, cadet style. If taking gradual baby steps towards your goal will work out best in the long run for you, then plan the steps that will get you there. However, know yourself. If a gradual approach will keep you in transition mode or just be a cop-out, then don’t limit yourself to that. Take a firmer, full force approach, making the change and sticking with it.
And also important, if you mess up, do not get discouraged!! Acknowledge the mistake, learn from the experience, and move forward. Be aware that no one is perfect and that one little trip up does not mean the end. Sometimes there may be rough days, but have the confidence and the strength to continue working towards your goals. They are worth fighting for. Keep plugging along and your hard work will pay off. As Winston Churchill so wisely said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” It’s awesome if you’re really successful in the first month, congratulate yourself, but don’t stop there! Know that you’ll have to keep at it until it becomes a habit. And eventually your resolution will become a part of who you are, a part of your daily lifestyle, and you won’t think twice about it!
So incorporate your resolution into your celebration of the new year! Don’t let this become a chore, pick a goal that will make you happy. Get excited for the opportunity that the new year brings – to make positive changes and improve your life!!
Here’s to a wonderful 2013!!
-The College Greens