Now that we are into the new year, it’s impossible to not hear about resolutions and what people are hoping to accomplish now that the calendar has turned. I could spend a lot of time here discussing what the chances are for success, but why start from a critical perspective? You want to do something better, great!
What I will say, though, is that the best way to handle such things is by not expecting some magic switch that can turn something that was a stress point (otherwise why it would need to change?) and make it suddenly better all the time and ensure it will never again be an issue. If that was the case, then it wouldn’t require something like a resolution to enact the change.
In there lies the reason why resolutions can feel so difficult. We know where we want to go. We appreciate how things will be so much better if we get there, but when the journey starts to feel long, it can begin to feel like it is not worth it.
If it wasn’t worth it, though, you wouldn’t have wanted it at the start.
One of the keys to keep moving through those low points is to not be afraid to give yourself credit along the way. For yes, the path takes a long time to travel, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress as you go. Even if you are not at the finish line, and even if it feels really far away, you are still doing better than you were previously and that is worth celebrating.
So if it’s possible, you should set some benchmarks along the way. That way, once you do get there, you will have something to celebrate and can feel proud of what you have accomplished. And then imagine, it will only take one more small step to get beyond that point.
Look how well you are doing!
Along with that, it can also help to not go about accomplishing such things alone. If you have a friend who can be your cheerleader along the way, take advantage of that. And if you are doing something where there are professionals who can help you accomplish your goals, don’t shy from that help either. To that end, if there is anything we can do to help you get to where you want to be, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Happy New Year!
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