Here we are again... the end of another year and the time that so many start looking back and examining the year gone by.
The other day I posted the following on my F.Y.U. fan page on Facebook - "Think about this: Waiting until January 1st to make resolutions for the new year is like waiting until you run out of gas to begin looking for a gas station." - Mike Spillman
That kind of hits me right in the gut like many of you. Why? Because I have done the same thing many times before.
Isn't it time for a change in the way that many of us approach this?
Too many people look back over the past year with remorse and regret due to feeling like they have not accomplished all that they had originally planned. You know, back at the start of this very year that is coming to a close. Those "New Year's Resolutions".
The main title points out something that we might want to really focus on - this year has passed ONE DAY AT A TIME!
Hey, listen, I understand - I really do. I've made so many major plans and have set goals that I have STILL yet to reach and I have beat myself up about those many times before.
But, here's the deal: that hasn't helped me in any way that I can see so WHY keep doing the same thing?
INSTEAD of waiting until the end of the year to look back and determine whether it was "successful" based on whatever measuring stick we have decided to use - WHY NOT look back at the end of EACH and EVERY day to gauge our progress?
Hey, here's another simple comparison that we can make that many of us ALSO can relate to: KEEPING AN EYE ON OUR WEIGHT.
The time to see how you've done on your weight goals is NOT at the end of a 12 month period BUT in shorter increments - sometimes DAILY or even WEEKLY. At the very most - MONTHLY.
Hey, YOU know what happens if we don't, right? That weight will sneak up on us and - what - surprise us? Now, you know that you have to admit that this scenario is a bit funny. Seriously, WHY should we be surprised?
Do you realize that only two pounds a month will add 24 pounds to our weight? Hey, let's get really depressing while we're at it and lay that out over a 5-year period that will add on an extra 120 pounds!
So, you see, the time to check our progress on ANY goal/endeavor is NOT at the end of a year but each and every day, weekly or - at most - monthly BEFORE things get away from us.
Think about that as we come to the end of another calendar year.
Don't fret over the past year but decide now to approach this differently than we have before and let's see what happens.
Here's to your health, happiness and success in the coming year!
And, in the mean time...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"