26th January 2020
We are already a few weeks in January, or only a few weeks - however you may see it. How are you holding up with your New Year’s resolutions? Are you making headway? Or have you already given up on them?
Studies have shown that more than 50% have given up on their New Year’s resolutions bevor end of March.
Well, there are many possible reasons. One of the various possible culprits is that we sometimes choose New Year’s resolutions that are too small, not challenging enough. We can get easily bored and we won’t follow up on them. While it is not helpful to choose New Year’s resolutions too small, it can also be quite frustrating, overwhelming or even scary to think big. Either way you will most probably give up on your New Year’s resolution sooner or later.
Today, I do not want to enlarge on your New Year’s resolutions that might be too small. Sometimes they are worth following them up, other times they are not worth it. Leave them aside and decide on something bigger and worthy. Ask yourself if you really want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions and listen to your heart. The first thought coming to your mind is right, do not doubt it; every following thought is your ego talking.
Let’s take a closer look at the bigger choices. Imagine, your New Year’s resolution is to climb a really high mountain. You have never endeavoured a task like this and it is exciting and scary at the same time. So, you rush into a quick start, you pack only the most necessary things; and then approach the mountain in a fast pace – you just want to get started. All of a sudden you are right in front of it, and it seems as if your standing with your nose right at the mountain massive. You cannot really see anything. Now, how do you get up?
I know Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
I completely agree with Mr. King Jr. However, we need to find the staircase first of all; and in our case the best path leading you up. Then you can take the first step, even though you have no view of the whole way up your mountain.
Of course, you have no idea where to start walking up when you stand too close to your mountain. Sometimes, the best way forward is to take a step or two back and dare to look at your mountain in its full beauty, enjoy the scenery. Decide, where your best way up the colossus is, where you want to take your first step. But take your time. Think whether you would like to plan intermediate steps, and plan enough breaks. Remember, one step at a time is enough, do not rush. Enjoy the ride – in your case the walk J - and take in the scenery on your way up. Celebrate every achievement on your way up the mountain.
Image by Hermann Straub and StockSnap from Pixabay
Even though you might have to take a step aside or back to adjust your way up – it’s okay. Step by step, you will achieve your New Year’s resolution. Whether it will be straight forward or slowly but steadily doesn’t matter. Do it in your time and pace and be proud of yourself.
One more tip on your way: You are neither a loser nor a failure when you stumble or fall. Just get up and keep following your New Year’s resolution. You are already one step closer to your success.
Enjoy the ride and be well.
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sibylle chaudhuri | coaching & training
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