It’s that time of year when words are floating in my head that consist of “New Year, New You, resolution, I’m going to…”. I always find these words or something similar getting louder and louder between Christmas and New Year’s. I am going to do this, I am going to become better at that, yada yada yada. Why as a society do we put so much pressure on ourselves to make a drastic change when we can actually just grow at a rate that is organic?
We often set lofty goals for ourselves that quickly become overwhelming, and we fail because we rarely make a plan to achieve these goals. It’s a hamster wheel that gets us nowhere quick, and leaves us with nothing but frustration. This type of frustration we can only blame onto ourselves, but at times we reflect that blame outwards because that is the easiest thing we know how to do. Scheduling conflicts, too busy, sick households, cold weather, my neighbor backed over my garbage can…but in reality we just FAILED to PLAN.
I’m taking this year as an opportunity to not set myself up for failure because I will not set an obscene restriction or goal for myself. Instead I am taking this year as an opportunity to build some healthy habits. These habits have already been a part of my routine but sometimes get put on the back burner out of my own pure laziness. I already know what each of these habits offer as long as I keep them on the forefront. This year I am going to try to make the effort but I also know that it may not be a straight line from point A to B.
One of the best books I picked up in 2020 was “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. This book is a guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better everyday. He guides you on how to break your bad habits and stick to good ones, how to make tiny, easy changes that will deliver big results, and how to get back on track when you get off course.
This is one of the best books I have read to date and one that I will cycle through my reading list often.
One of my favorite quotes from Atomic Habits is “All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.”
With that being said, I challenge you for the year of 2021 to ditch the resolution and just work on making yourself 1% better each and every day.
Forever fumbling forward.