There are about a million reasons why I believe in setting intentions and making resolutions at the dawn of a New Year – I am sure I will write at length about some of them going forward.
What I want to express now is, simply, “YOU CAN.”
The language we use when referring to ourselves, to our abilities, our accomplishments…and in our own minds about ourselves…is outrageously important. I’m willing to say it is vital to a happy and fulfilled life that we speak in the positive to, and about, ourselves.
Our self dialogue has a profound impact on every aspect of our lives, from health to relationships, to the ability to carry out (or set!) our goals. For myself, it is something I acknowledge and work on each day. Literally.
I love being fit and active, for example. But some mornings are tougher to motivate. Instead of dissuading myself, I remind myself of all the reasons I want to exercise – not that I “need” to, but that I WANT to. And once I focus on those things, I feel proud…because I know that I am both willing and able to push myself – knowing I am in control of the outcome by saying “I CAN DO THIS!” is incredibly empowering!
When you get through a tough workout, you feel amazing – not just physically, but emotionally. You realize that you had it in you the whole time, and that “I CAN do this!” was up to you the whole time – that might be the best benefit for me personally.
A New Year is a great time to set some new standards for yourself – add a challenge or two. And don’t worry if you don’t make a huge leap – small steps are STILL steps! On the morning of the 1st I was exhausted – I was, like most people, up late. Just watching a documentary and a few fireworks…but it was still, let’s be honest, well past my bedtime! But I woke up and said to myself, “I can do this. And I can do it BETTER than every before. Forget being tired, forget about wanting to rest. I know I have this in me, and I want to start the year by crushing a goal.”
I didn’t get on the treadmill to do sprints feeling like I was going to go insanely above and beyond my normal record…but I DID have in mind to do better. Instead of 8 to 10 sprints, I decided I’d do 13. I love the number 13! 🙂 Once I got to 13 I thought “I could do that, I’m going to do 16 in honor of the year!”
16 sprints, a few inclines, and some fast walking later…I had done my best sprints ever. I’m not much of a runner, but I’ll get on to sprint a few times a week because I know it gives me the results I want – but I’ve never done that many, in that time, at that speed.
Will I break that record tomorrow morning? Probably not! And that’s okay. The goal was to start the year with a bang – go big, or go home! I gave myself every reason to believe in myself and prove – TO ME – that I CAN. And you know, it felt pretty darn amazing!
Never underestimate your own ability to crush your goals – once you start on those little steps, you keep moving forward. Eventually you become a steam train and your goals get dusted! 🙂
As Nike says…Just DO IT.