It’s finally here, we survived the 2010’s and made it through to a new year, a new decade, and most of all a new opportunity. This opportunity is whatever you make of it, the opportunity to be your best self, the opportunity to build a new career, the opportunity to build a new life!
Be your best self, stop setting unrealistic goals for yourself, like telling yourself that you’re all of a sudden going to go to the gym every day, or stop eating fast food, or quit smoking or drinking all of a sudden. This is unrealistic, and you’re just going to feel even worse when you inevitably fail. You will inevitably fail, unless of course you have an iron willpower, and if you do, I can assure you it wouldn’t take New Years for you to set a god damn goal and finally try to achieve something to better yourself.
Set a reasonable goal, and make a path of progression to get you there. Don’t expect changes overnight, don’t live in this imaginary place where the world is all butterflies and rainbows. The consumeristic society we live in spends literally millions of dollars a year to spend your money on what they want you to do, that won’t be stopping anytime soon. Set your goals with reasonable progression too, for example if you’re trying to start working out, commit to the following:
- January – Commit to 2 Workouts a Week, even if they aren’t the best workouts, just get yourself In there twice a week.
- February – Commit to 2 Workouts a Week, and a 3rd Day where you go for a scenic walk or hike.
- March – Increase your workouts to 3 times a week.
- April – Increase the intensity and length of your workouts.
- May – Increase to 4 Days a week.
5 Months later, you’ve built a routine that you should be able to stick to. It takes 21 days to build a solid habit, so in each of these months you’ve build easier habits, and added bit by bit as these small changes become habit as well.
This is your time to be your best self, don’t let it slip away. More than anything else, don’t be afraid to get some help. Have a friend keep you accountable, use an app to help you along the way. Personally I pay for an app that tracks my workouts, and an app that tracks habits and how I’ve performed, and the reminders drive me absolutely nuts.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to fail, is my example scenario there, a week in January where you only make it to the gym once isn’t a failure, it’s a week that is now over, and the next week is a new week for you to do your 2 workouts. 1 bad week doesn’t change your goal, it doesn’t change who you are. It’s a minor setback, so let’s treat it that way.
Let’s make this the best year yet. Comment below what your goals for 2020 are, I’ll be publicly posting mine later this month so every single one of you reading these can hold me accountable.
Onwards and Upwards.