Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Resolutions, changes and a little motivation

A friend of mine posted this photo the other day (thanks, Elizabeth)!  I love it.  It is SO true.  

We are all given the same tools to succeed - it is how we allow our circumstances to affect us that determine our outcomes.

I'm not the biggest fan of new years' resolutions as I believe that if you really want to make a change, you can do it any day of the year.  Any day of an attempt to make yourself better is the beginning of a great new year in my book.  That being said, for some reason, the changing of the clock and the calendar at midnight on NYE triggers a motivation in people that they seem to have lost throughout the year.  Time and circumstance seem to change our outlooks and push us back to our old habits.  

You have to decide which "you" you want to be that minute, that day, that year.  Am I the person that pushes herself beyond her limits to reach her lifelong goal of running a marathon, or am I the person that gives up with some old excuse?  
There's a reason the past is behind us.  It's behind us, pushing us to be better but still there to remind us to reflect times gone by.  We must remember trials and tribulations, but also celebrate the successes, as small as they may be.  A new year isn't about popping champagne and making a resolution - it's about a new chance on you.  A chance to remind ourselves that we have the power and ability to change our circumstances.  We need to stop looking back at what was, and begin embracing what is and what will be.  Most studies indicate that it takes 21 days to form a new, or break an old habit.  If you need or want to make a change, start now, start today - because if you think about it - 21 days out of a lifetime sure isn't much.

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