January is almost over.
And in 4 days February officially gets started and that means New Years Resolutions have most likely hit the door.
And if you are like me, if I fail in a resolution or goal, I tend to see it as a green light for pure abandonment.
Let me put it this way.
If I cave to the temptations of cheese fries as an appetizer, I’ll add a larger portion and order a dessert to top it off.
If we break and buy a coffee that wasn’t in the budget we’ll talk ourselves into going out to a restaurant or stopping for some shopping later in the day.
If I sleep in and don’t get up when I said I would on Thursday, why not call the week a wash and forget about waking up early until next Monday.
Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m an anomaly. But my guess is if you’ve fallen off the wagon of whatever resolution or goal you hopped on January 1st, you’ve talked yourself off chasing the resolution down all because of a failure.
But what if you didn’t need to?
What if one failure didn’t need to steer the direction of my future?
January 1st is just a day and there’s no reason you can’t get back up and try again.
Don’t let February be an end to your goals let it be a new start.
What if you unhitched your failures from your past successes?
What if you disconnected your failures from your future possibilities?
See if I met my goal everyday for 2 weeks and then failed on day 15, I figure why not just give up on day 16.
What if instead I looked at the 2 weeks instead of the 1 failure?
Most often failure is the default. So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve failed. Instead look at the success, however small, as a victory.
Not only that but let today be a new day. As Paul would say, forget what is behind and press on toward what’s ahead.
So here’s to starting (restarting) your New Years Resolution at the end of January. Or February. Or March. Or all of those. Because each time I start is another success and each failure I experience can be left behind me.