New Year Resolutions in an Uncertain TimeJan 08, 2021
I have never really been an advocate of waiting until Monday, or the 1st of the month, or the next fresh start etc, but I think that the New year can be a more profound event. Its profound in the way that it is an internationally celebrated event, the turning of a new calendar year and marks the start of another revolution of the sun.
The New Year will not be the saviours some want it to be if we don’t commit and put in the relevant work to see it into fruition.
I say this carefully, but our current situations remain the same, COVID is still here to date. There are many of us who have experienced tragedy in 2020 I sincerely hope that these people are coming into the year to a more positive situation. For those who have instead experienced the negativity associated with everything else we have been through, I think it is important that we understand that these stressors still linger, we are still the same in our mind.
I am not for one minute talking down those who have set new year resolutions and find the drive to do something different in their life. But I feel that it is important that people realise that the New Year will not be the saviours some want it to be if we don’t commit and put in the relevant work to see it into fruition. We are the drivers of our own vehicle in life and the New year will never change that, but it can help the spark that initiated the motivation to create a goal in the first place.
A mindset that I have chosen to implement and something that I invite you to consider is this: What can I do to bring a better version of me into this year?
2020 has taught us a lot and I believe the principal lesson it has shown is that anything can happen, and we should be prepared for that. A lot of us have been reactive to the events of the past, I am inviting you to get the head start, to become proactive to the events that may happen. We cannot predict the events coming up in the future, but we can ensure that we are strong enough mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to be able to handle it.
2020 has taught us a lot and I believe the principal lesson it has shown is that anything can happen, and we should be prepared for that.
Discipline to control the first and the last hour of each day will help you ground yourself in the start of the day and set yourself up for a restful sleep, ensuring that your body is operating at optimal performance. Daily physical activity and eating healthily are basic foundations to ensuring a healthy and functional body, full of energy, which in turn improves your psychological performance and wellbeing.
These are habit based goals as part of a daily system that will make you better every day with small and seemingly insignificant action. Small steps will compound into the greatest difference, we are too quick at times to find the big lunge to success, it doesn’t work like that, trust the process.
Don’t make goals based on figures that someone has made up for you, we all love scrolling through the Strava Challenges and joining every one that we can to show some willing, but does that really last? Is running 2021 miles or kilometres in 2021 really compelling? Or is the discipline to get up and run 4 miles every single morning without fail a more long-lasting goal that builds you into a better, more resilient, fitter and mentally stronger version of you?
Small steps will compound into the greatest difference, we are too quick at times to find the big lunge to success, it doesn’t work like that, trust the process.
There will be a lot of goals set this month and a lot of goals forgotten next month. Don’t let year be like last year, and if last year was good for you, then still don’t let it be the same this year, be better, grow and find your discipline.
Make this the year where you don’t necessarily set the arbitrary mileage goals or pick a random diet with no real investment, make this the year that you do it properly, with a habit-based approach, forged in discipline that a global pandemic cannot take away from you.
Most of all, do what makes you happy this year and stay proactive to what Murphy’s Law can throw at you.