Just the other day it hit me that 2018 is halfway gone. When I realized this it made me wonder: How many of those people who made a New Year's resolution had stuck with it? I knew that it wasn't many, because studies tell us that over 90 percent of all the people who make these resolutions have given up within 3 months.
That is a sad fact. To me, it could even be called a national tragedy that so few people do not stick with the life changes they know they need to make.
I think a lot of the reason behind this is two-fold:
First, people really don't understand the word resolution.
Second, people have trouble escaping their memories.
A resolution is not a promise to yourself and it's not a wish list. A resolution is meant to be the solution to a problem. It is meant to resolve a bad situation. By simply using the word you are telling the world (and yourself) that you know things are jacked up, and I believe most of us know where we are messing up.
So, why do we continue to do the wrong things, hang with the wrong people, and avoid those things we know we need to get done?
A big part of it is that we get caught up in being who others say we are and who we believe we are.
I've got news for you: Every person that you have ever met has a different image of you. Consequently, everyone, if asked, will describe you differently. That is just the way life is and you can't change it...so quit trying! Here's what you can do: forget who you were and be who you want to be!
Do you believe that you are the procrastinator that never finishes the job? No, that is who you were. If you resolve to change and stick with it, that is no longer you.
Every second that goes by is gone forever. That image of yourself that you are carrying in your head is a figure from the past. Forget it and don't let it hold you back.
My challenge for you this week:
Take the following steps to evolve into your best self:
Who do you want to be known as? Write down a detailed description.
What things must you do to make major strides toward becoming the new you?
What negative habits could prevent you from reaching your goal?
How will you intentional eliminate these habits?
From this moment on, be the person you want to be. It will mean putting yourself out there and doing some things that may be uncomfortable, but you know what you need to do. Take some advice from Nike and resolve to just do it!