Why is it when we take on a new change in life, it is often abandoned? We’re excited about the new endeavor but the bliss only lasts for a short while and ends with no results. Why? Within time we take on the next “change”. We dive in and fall short once again. It’s a vicious circle
We feel if we don’t get somewhere fast, it’s not working. This is why New Year’s resolutions are a waste. It’s a temporary self-promise which ends in disappointment. We start with making drastic changes on the first business day of January and within a few weeks or months our motivation fades; we eliminate the activity and forget why we started it in the first place. We live in a fast-forward world with fast food, fast cars and fast information and so on.
With any change in our lives, if the horizon seems too far away most give up and look for the next magic pill. What we fail to realize is the magic pill IS the horizon. It can only be in reach if you move towards the horizon and not stand still and fret over the effort it will take to get to where you want to go. You see, Mother Nature has always stayed at the same pace and I recommend we listen to Mother Nature.
I’m talking about progress. Take that first step and once you do, continue putting one foot in front of the other. The horizon MAY seem far away but if you don’t take steps (even small ones) in the right direction, you will never get to where you are going. Whether it’s exercising, eating better, writing a book, getting a degree or even working on mending a relationship – make steps “forward” no matter how small they seem. It’s the little and consistent steps that leads to success. That first step may seem like a big one but if you don’t take it, you will always remain where you are. More importantly, the steps you take when you are truly feeling like you are pushing a boulder up a hill is where you will make the most progress. Don’t walk away, the horizon is closer than you think, so think differently and keep moving forward.
By Kim Laughlin, CHHC, AADP