Tag Archives: New Year’s Resolutions

Run To Your Desires, Not Away From Your Fears (A.K.A. Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail)

Most Resolutions revolve around either doing something that you don’t actually want to do – go to the gym, eat more salads and vegetables, drink more water…

Or, they revolve around eliminating something from your life – cut out sugar, cut out junk, cut out bread and wheat, reduce your intake of meat…watch less TV, spend less time on Facebook…

So you’re either running to a goal you don’t actually want, or you’re trying to run away from things that you really like.

Let’s be truthful here – everything that we do in our lives (outside of the really really obligatory stuff) is stuff that we do to feel good.

The faster we can feel good, the better.

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How To Stick To New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome back everyone!

I hope all the recent festivities were excellent and that you had time with wonderful company during this time.

This is the time of year when you’ve probably set a couple of New Year’s Resolutions and are trying hard to stick to them.

Or maybe you are still trying to decide what to have as your Resolution.
Some people wait until the beginning of Spring before picking – new blooms, new ideas, new beginnings!

And others just don’t believe in them – fair do’s, there’s a lot of pressure around them; not necessarily from other people, but pressure you’re putting on yourself not to slip up, to be diligent – nose to the grindstone, out at the gym every night or every other night, cutting out sugar or reducing your salt intake…and all that jazz.

I just want to take a step back and have a look at what New Years Resolutions are for a minute.

What are they, really?

They’re goals.  Future promises to yourself.  A desire crystalised into something actionable.

I gotta ask you another question:

If you’re setting New Years’ Resolutions this year:

Are they goals that you actually want to achieve?

…or did you only set them because everyone else does, or because you think you should…cut out sugar, go to the gym every other day, eat more vegetables, learn to speak Spanish, <insert your resolutions here> ?

Because any goal, not just New Years’ Resolutions, is based on a future outcome – you can’t guarentee for sure that the goal you’ve set, and the path you’ve set to it, will be fulfilled.

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