This is, obviously, the time of year that many people take time to assess where they are and where they are headed. Often times, this will result in a New Year’s Resolution. This is a great idea. The problem is most people FAIL when it comes to these resolutions. My wife is in the fitness business, specifically, running a kickboxing/strength training gym. The new session starts January 9th, and there will be 100 new faces showing up. Despite her best efforts, with support and accountability, 30% of these people won’t complete her 10 week session. I believe the reason for this is an “all or none” mentality. If you miss a workout: “Oh well, I’ve failed. I’ll just stay on the couch today.” If you have a poor eating day: “That’s it! Give me a piece of pie!” I have learned, with the help of my wife , not to do this anymore. Over the past three years, I have been the most consistent with working out and eating right than ever before. Have I had a two week stretch without working out? Yep. A five week stretch? Never. For example, as far as nutrition: I have not been perfect, but I have given up ALL soda pop and that has been successful for over a year. At October Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), after eating 20 mini butterfingers, I gave up candy! Still going well! (Fudge isn’t candy, right?) If I ever give up milk, you’ll see a very skinny CMO walking around.
Here is my point: We can all have a fresh start Every. Single. Day! Whether it’s a NY’s resolution or something deeper in our lives, we are given the gift each morning of a new day. God grants us a fresh start whenever we sincerely ask for it. No need for guilt. The past is the past. Don’t trash the entire year because of one bad day or one bad choice. Where you end up will be the SUM of ALL your choices. If you want to be able say “I did it” one year from now, no matter what “it” is, resolve to do something that can be successful in a “three steps forward, two steps back fashion”. Be easier on yourself and stay in it for the long haul. Sometimes all you need to do is stop and turn around!
I wish you health and happiness in the coming year. God bless you and your loved ones.
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – CS Lewis
-Dr, Michael Hurt, CMO