Now that 2011 is behind us we can start looking forward to better things, bigger dreams, and more ambitious goals. Before we start skipping down the yellow brick road though, I think we should take a few moments to look at where we stand today. Every great adventure has to start somewhere and there’s no point in mapping out a path to greatness if we have no idea where to begin. This is the moment to be honest with ourselves, frank about what we want, and what it will take to get there. Glossing over the truth will never help us achieve the things we want. Likewise holding on to habits and routines that are no longer productive or beneficial serves only to hold us back and keep us down.
I am the first to raise my hand and admit I have been guilty of insanity. I have held on to behavior that has repeatedly failed to make me happy or bring me success. Maybe it was out of comfort or fear of change. Maybe I was just ignorant to my own lack of progress; most likely though it was simply a case of denial. All too often we know we need to switch things up a bit, and refresh the old plan of attack. It can be scary to start something new and even scarier to admit that what you’ve been doing isn’t working, but that’s exactly what we need to do this New Year.
If you are not where you want to be, doing what you want to do, then it is time to look at what you’re doing, and ask yourself a very important question; is this working for me? This is not the time for half-truths or yeah-buts. Now is the time for absolute honesty and levity. If you cannot be truthful with yourself about the current state of your life and its future then there is little hope for it. I don’t say this to scare you or be harsh. I’m trying to warn you. I’ve walked down that road and there’s nothing there you want, trust me. The only destination at the end of denial and feigned ignorance is misery and depression. Don’t go that way. Take this opportunity right now to be real with yourself, and accept what is and what needs to be.
For many of us the New Year has brought new promises for change and fitness. Before we begin though let’s look back a year ago from today. What were last year’s resolutions? What worked, what didn’t? If we failed, what was the reason behind it? Were there temptations that pulled us off course, temptations that we need to remove this time around? Did we give up? If so why? Was it too hard or did we just convince ourselves that it was? Before beginning again this year it is absolutely essential that we make sure not to repeat the same mistakes we made before. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is childish and ridiculous, not to mention a huge waste of time. If last year’s resolutions and plans failed why would we use them again?
As a person launching a fitness company this year I have to be very real and honest about my goals. I cannot afford to ignore obvious facts because I don’t like what they mean for my goals, and neither can you. The truth isn’t something to fear or run from; it’s your ally and friend. Successful people embrace reality and learn to move through it and bend it to their cause. They don’t fight against it or deny it. My truth is that certain wasteful practices and half-hearted efforts must stop. Either my goals are worth fighting for tooth and nail or they or not. Either I am willing to focus all my life around achieving my goals or I am not there is no middle ground.
Your goal this year might be to get in shape, the rules are no different for you though. Either you are dedicated to achieving your goals or you are just going through the motions. You are either willing to put in the time and effort everyday to get the results you want or you’re not. Now is the time to decide how serious you are about it, and make a plan accordingly. Once that plan is made you have to stick to it, each and every day. Write it down and check it off as you go about your week. The biggest obstacle most of us will face in the coming year is not time, money, or effort but just sticking to the plan. We will become impatient and lust after immediate results. We will seek shortcuts to our goals and fall for the hype on TV and from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Stay strong though and remember your goals. You alone determine the level of your achievement; no one else.