Does It Count as a Resolution If It Only Lasts For a Week?

How’s that New Year’s Resolution coming?

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The first week of New Year’s Resolutions usually go ok, but once the second week January gets here, even the best intended resolutions may jump the tracks.

Going to the gym starts to become a hassle, and it’s super crowded anyway. It gets hard to find time to make dinner, so the drive thru starts to become tempting again. Sound familiar?

If anything like this is happening to you, you’re not alone.

But, instead of going with the flow, you need to keep the pressing forward.

Change, positive or negative, doesn’t happen overnight. Keep doing the right things, and in time, you’ll see the payoff.

Instant Gratification is Killing Us

We live in a want it now/get it now society.

Stores are open 24 hours a day. Pizzas are hot and ready for you to pick up, and you don’t even have to call ahead to place an order. We get pissed when a website takes more than 4 seconds to load. And if someone doesn’t reply to a Facebook message within the hour, we wonder what their problem is.

Whatever it is, we need it now.

We Need to Take a Broader View

Whatever your resolution, your odds of achieving success in the first week aren’t very good. So why do so many people give up so quickly?

While it would be nice to be able to snap your fingers and go from a size 12 to a size 6, it just doesn’t work like that. Sure, you can try a pill or a surgery or a meal replacement to try and drop weight quickly, but any of those “quick fixes” for improving your health aren’t forever fixes on their own.

A forever fix requires a forever change, and those changes take awhile to gain traction.

So keep at it.

Keep heading to the gym. Keep working out in your living room. Keep cooking dinner. Keep doing what your resolution calls for, no matter how difficult it seems right now. Eventually, probably in February, it won’t seem so difficult.

Once your routine has changed, you’ll be on your way to reaching your resolution by December 2014.

But that will never happen if you don’t keep the broad view in mind.

How are you doing with your resolutions? If I can help you stay accountable, please let me know!

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