They say that time flies when you’re having fun and for the most part living life is fun and there’s no doubt this year certainly has rocketed by.
Saying farewell to the year that’s passed and greeting a fresh New Year opens up the perfect opportunity for us to clean out the proverbial closet throwing away the old junk and finding new things that fit in better with our lives.
How many times have you been determined to keep a New Year’s Resolution only to find that it’s fallen by the wayside – until next year? Changing this is not as difficult as you think…
Ditch Your Resolution – Try Evolving Instead
At the start of this year I tried something different – I chose to Evolve rather than Resolve as a way of changing my life around.
I’m not going to bore you with the details of my life so let’s just say that my health, personal relationships, my confidence, my focus, my self-worth and almost every other aspect of my life has improved tenfold.
Why Should You Send Your New Year’s Resolution To Never-Never Land?
The problem with a Resolution is that you are committing to something invisible, once you’ve made it – BANG – that’s where it ends. To Evolve means to develop gradual changes to becoming something better.
Making a New Year’s Evolution means a commitment to gradual changes with your greater goal always in sight. Let me give you an example…
Steps To Making Your New Year’s Evolution
What’s Your Greater Goal?
“I want to make regular running a part of my life.”
Ok, now you have your goal locked in your sights breaking in down into smaller steps will facilitate your gradual change and help to keep your mind’s eye set on your goal.
What’s The Deal?
Think about and write down all the reasons why you have come to this point in your life – what you find here will be your motivation. There really is no right or wrong answer here.
Digging deep and finding concrete and specific reasons for your decision to change will propel you forward and facilitate your Evolution. Here are some examples;
I want to reverse my Type 2 diabetes
I want to be around to see my grandkids grow up
I want to feel confident in myself and my body again
I want to be healthier
I want to stop smoking
I want to welcome my great-grandchild into the world
I want people I love to respect me
I want to feel like I did when I was a kid
I want to be an example for my spouse
I want to be an example for my kids
I want to be an example for my grandchildren
I want to walk my daughter down the aisle
I want to prove something to myself
Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan
The planning and execution of your Evolution are joined at the hip so to speak. Once you start to plan it immediately becomes workable. But that’s if you really sit down and plan – not just say ‘oh I’m going to do this or that’.
Here are some steps that you might use to set out your plan;
Make an appointment with your GP for a medical check up to make sure you and your ticker are ok to start running Read a couple of books about running for beginnersFind and use as many sources of inspiration as you can find starting right here with TopRunningTips.com
Mental Benefits of Running
Motivation: Get It and Keep It Have your foot plant and gait analysed Buy a pair of decent running shoesSpend some time shuffling your schedule around to get an idea of when the best times are for you to run
Get Off Your Butt
Seriously, just get off your butt and out the door, that’s all standing between you and your Evolution. Don’t over think it, in fact, don’t think about it at all just make like Nike and JUST DO IT!
Rome And All That Jazz
Making gradual changes towards reaching your goal and actually making work of your New Year’s Evolution is not as complicated as building Rome, but the concept of taking things step by step is every-bit as important.
A Lesson From The Golfer, Gary Player
“The more I practice the luckier I get.”
This is so true for many things in life and when it comes to forming new habits nothing could be further from the truth.
Forming new habits is exactly what leads to gradual changes and eventually the realisation of your New Year’s Evolution.