8 weeks in to our “new year’s resolutions” and some have already decided that 2015 is just not going to be the year. 2016 will be better for sure. They will plan better, prepare earlier, and follow through better than they have in years past. Unfortunately, this becomes the tradition: making plans and breaking plans. I have already come across people in my line of work that have joined a gym, started a program, or made a commitment to some sort of regimen, and have already given up on those plans 8 weeks into the year. I have heard excuses such as lack of time, lack of money, weather, health, and family hardship. Trust me, I’ve used all the excuses myself in the past. The truth is most people don’t prioritize their fitness and health. There is no rule that you have to start on January 1st. There is no rule that you have to start on Monday. It’s your life, you make the rules. How long it takes to develop habitual behavior is heavily debated. My challenge to you is to start small and build on that. In January, I started writing a once sentence journal. I have never been much for journaling, at least not since I was in middle school. The idea of writing down my ideas in a book was too time consuming and just plain boring. However, writing down one sentence that summed up the day was easy to tackle for me. Keep in mind that small changes usually yield small and slow results. Drastic changes will often produce quicker and more noticeable results. Small changes, however, can snowball into bigger changes.
Start with a promise to yourself. Promise that you will prioritize your health and wellness. Instead of watching 30 minutes of television a night or playing computer games for 30 minutes each morning, you will take that time to do something productive. It can be anything that brings something positive to your life: meditation, stretching, planning a vacation, writing in a journal, etc. One step at a time and everyone has the ability to become a better person.