You made it! The year 2012 is now here with 2011 in the rearview mirror. You may find yourself in one of many states this morning: hungover in search of a greasy breakfast joint, relieved the “couples” holidays are over (’til February), attempting to piece together the events of the night before, optimistic for what the new year will bring, or possibly a combination of all, some, or none of these. Regardless of your state today, the new year has arrived. The celebrations have ended and all that remains are your thoughts, maybe some new stories, and most importantly your resolutions for the new year.
Resolutions are a great idea in theory and carry strong momentum through the first few weeks and possibly months of the year. I am a proponent of them myself and will certainly have my own for the upcoming year. My issue with resolutions is when they begin to taper off and people begin to lose sight of the goals they set. March and April come along and resolutions can seem a thing of the past. They may have been conveniently forgotten, pushed to the dark recesses of your mind, or just slowly diminished to dust as the weeks passed on.
Most of the posts here focus on positive motivation striving to deliver encouragement and empowerment. However, I have found every once in a while that a little tough love is a necessity. I believe that tough love makes you want to succeed that much more and makes it all worth it when you achieve what you’re going after. Coaches who demand your absolute best and dole out compliments rarely are the ones I admire most. These compliments are simple and concise, yet carry immeasurable meaning. Tough love has a way of putting things in perspective and serves to inspire a passionate, burning desire to achieve. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions I think we all could use some tough love.
My challenge for the week and for the year is to impose some tough love on yourself. I want you to ask yourself a question based on an idea originally posed by motivational speaker Sean Stephenson. How big will you let your BUT get this year? How big will your BUT become to prevent you from following through on your resolutions? No, I’m not talking about the fleshy cheeks you sit on, I’m referring to your excuses. We all have them: I would go for a run today “BUT, I’m too tired”, “BUT, I don’t have the time”, “BUT, the weather is bad”, “BUT, I have to hang out with my girl/boy friend”. The simple fact of the matter is that you could go for a run, but you are making a conscious decision to take the easy way out. You are letting other activities or reasons inhibit you from your goal and resolution. To be honest, nobody wants to hear about your buts and on some level you dislike yourself for using them. It’s weak, uninspired, boring, and when it comes down to it just an excuse. This year follow through on your resolutions, make a story worth telling, embody greatness as defined by you, and above all else keep the promises you make to yourself.
Always in Stride,
Quote of the Week – “For true success, ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?” – James Allen
Song of the Week – Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars) – Lil Wayne
Video of the Week – Michael Jodan “Excuses” Commercial