Every new year I get asked the same question. Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? Up until 2012 I would’ve probably said no, but if you would ask me today I would tell you hell yeah I believe in them!
Many people laugh at my response and follow it up with saying, “You’re going to wake up in the morning facing the same problems you did yesterday.” Although this is true, there is something special about waking up to the first day, of the first month, of a new year. It’s like losing your last life in your favorite arcade game, but you enter another quarter in the machine so you get a new set of lives. You’re still going to face the same level you lost on, but you get to start over. You have experience from your previous failures and you can create a new game plan to help you succeed in the future.
A common mistake that most people make with their resolutions is selling themselves short. People laughed at me when I made a resolution to lose 80 pounds, but here I am 5 years later writing this post 100 pounds lighter. I knew I was overweight and I didn’t decide to try and lose 10, 20, or 30 pounds. I decided to lose all of it.
If there’s one thing I hope you to take from this post it’s to dream big, take risks, and be relentless. My life was transformed 4 years ago and it started with a simple resolution. It started with a decision to say enough was enough and not being scared to fail along the way. It will be hard, you will fail at some point, but it will be extremely rewarding once you achieve your goal.
So if someone has the courage to be vulnerable with you and they decide to share their resolutions, don’t laugh at them or roll your eyes, because that could be the day they change their life for the better. That could be the day they decided to make the rest of their life, the best of their life! Your response can be remembered as support at the beginning of a new journey or it can serve as a source of motivation due to your lack of faith in one’s ability to achieve their dreams. It’s your choice.
So here’s to the new year, a fresh start, and to the remarkable things you will accomplish along the way!