Resolution? Just let go.
It is that time of year when many of us decide they are going to embark on some new regime or finally try and break an old habit. For many, January 2nd is the day when the resolutions begin. For most people the resolution never really makes it past the end of January. Why is that? It turns our that research has shown that it takes at least 30 days to make a new habit. As Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
The other main reason that resolutions often fail is that the goal is set unrealistically high or the mode to achieve the goal is a modern day form of torture. If your fitness resolution plan involves swinging sledge hammers, dead lifting cars, or dragging sleds of heavy weights around while somebody yells at you, the chances of keeping that going into February are slim.
We are our own worst enemies. We just come off Christmas break and slather ourselves with a thick coating of guilt. We are convinced that to atone for our over-indulgences of the season we need to beat our bodies into submission. It rarely works. By the end of January people are tired and sore from the grind of their self-imposed torture and give up. While a few more weeks might have converted it into a habit, why not try a resolution that is kind to your body and you can do for a lifetime!
Yes, I am talking about a diet of yoga and a healthy serving of mindfulness as your recipe for resolution success! You cannot beat the changes to the mind and the strength and flexibility challenge is regulated by you.
The origin of the word “Resolution” is “Resolvere” which is Latin meaning “to release” or “to let go”. Perhaps this year your resolution can be to release the idea that exercise must be hard or difficult and let go of this feeling that you need to beat yourself into submission. Increase your chance of success with your resolution by choosing a path that is attainable and you can easily make it past thirty days.
Happy New Year,