Is it just me, or does time seem to be running faster for everyone else as well ?
Before we even know, the year 2016 is soon going to be history and we will see ourselves on the porticoes of year 2017. As is the tradition, a convenient time to put a blanket on all that was achieved ( or planned but not achieved ) in the past year, and start afresh in 2017 with a blank slate. And there is no dearth of articles floating around and trying level best to catch your eye; 7 ways to…, 3 sure shot tricks to… 5 Steps for…, 10 Top Strategies for… You just have to search, and the overload of advice is sure to overwhelm you.
I will speak from my own personal experience, and the loads of good advice I assimilated from the reading I did in this gone year related to changes to self. As the year ends, I am satisfied at meeting my “10,000 steps per day” goal 100% on monthly averages. It wasn’t easy, but I also proved to my self that it isn’t impossible. And the positive effects of this spilled over to other aspects of life as well. To 2017, I look at further stretching my goal and adding a few new ones as well.
Here is my 3-cents of “acquired advice”;
Resolve (Verb): Decide firmly on a course of action.
Renew (Verb) : Give fresh life or strength to.
Hence the title of this blog. You need to keep making resolutions, as that is the only way to keep instilling fresh energy into yourself.
1. With a view on the Big Goal, Start Small.
Whatever BIG you may resolve to achieve this year, do not attempt to achieve it on Day 1 or Month 1. I love the analogy of a small kid learning to walk. First gain the confidence of standing up on 2 feet, then focus on the small baby steps. Learn to walk first, and only then attempt to run. Try cutting corners and attempting too much too soon, and like the little baby, you may end up falling on your face.
2. If you fall down, Stand Up.
Again to the analogy of the little poor kid. If you have seen one learning to walk, you would remember how the child continues to fall down, yet get up and attempt to walk again. That too with a smile and a giggle. You will rarely see a kid crying during these formative learning times.
The same needs to be applied to your resolutions as well. There may be times when the Goal will look too far fetched and you will feel let down by your own self. You may miss a day or two, and be tempted to miss even more, taking you even farther from your line of control. Think of these as stepping stones on your journey, and remember to Stand Up and Start Again as soon as you can. Remember you had that resolve in you as a kid, and you still have that strength within.
3. Keep a track of your progress.
Here is the oft-repeated quote by Peter Drucker that sums this up aptly – “If you can’t measure it, you cannot improve / manage it.” You need to know the results of your actions, and keep a tab on them to understand the quantum of change you have achieved. Especially when it comes to keeping health and behavior related resolutions, you need to keep track of the progress to know how much and at what rate you are succeeding. It can be as simple as crossing on your calendar for a “DONE” day, a simple yet powerful technique known famously as “The Seinfeld Method”, or “Don’t Break the Chain Method.”.
Whatever your resolution may be, don’t fail in trying it. Instead, try failing while trying it.
Make 2017 Count.