It appears almost everyone around me is excited to turn over a new leaf and take on new obstacles and achieve goals. However, when does the momentum begin to slow down for most people? Do New Years resolutions cause more trouble than solve?
What should a person do if they want to make 2011 their year to shine?
I have just recovered from a knee injury which had me removed from my boxing training for three weeks, (doctor's orders) and I was happy to finally return last Monday. After my class on Monday, I noticed a trend on my social media networks; everyone was making it everybody's business of their plans to change their lives. I was excited to see so much positive energy but pondered when the momentum was going to end.
Would it be at the end of the first week of 2011 when someone starts complaining that their muscles are sore, or maybe when the lovely people at Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX send out everyone's credit card statements from December thus causing financial panic and frustration?
I started to ponder this before New Years when my doctor ordered me to not train. During that time away from training I was annoyed and upset, my recovery was important but I really missed training. Over the holidays when the nights were cold, the food was plenty, and movement was at an all time minimum, I had friends and family members claim how they were going to start exercising in the new year (As though January was the only time of year they could start, why not go the next day?).
Since I was not able to do something I love (anything to do with boxing), I found it insulting that others take that privilege for granted. An amazing thing occurs when another year approaches, everyone encourages each other to make these changes but most lose momentum with everyone else. Some people succeed but they are a rare breed.
My suggestion: Don't make New Years Resolutions if you have made them many times before. There is too much pressure to succeed with plenty of justifiable excuses to quit.
Everyday is a new opportunity to turn over a new leaf. However, if you are very committed to the New Years resolutions you have made, keep them to yourself, and don't let others drag you down as they give up on theirs. When people gather it is impressive how as a group they can feed off one another, such as the intensity of the audience of a sporting event when they join together in celebration and disappointment. One person can start a 60,000 person wave; as well one person could also start a riot.
To make 2011 your year to shine, just be true to yourself and don't give in when others are giving up. No one else will be able to help you, so you might as well just start and keep going. Otherwise you could read the following blog (very comical):