The holidays came and went and then suddenly it’s January 1st and you are left, like many others, feeling that you have to make significant changes as the New Year is upon us. There may have been promises of healthier eating, more exercise, or perhaps positive changes in work or home life. But now it’s February…
While it’s possible that you stuck with these changes (great job!), it is also possible that lofty goals fell by the wayside or you lost motivation to stick with the positive momentum you built at the New Year. Well, here is your chance to make another set of resolutions, but this time without the pressure of the New Year and with a more realistic mind frame regarding how to approach these changes.
When considering your “February New Year’s Resolutions” be realistic about what you are hoping to change and what obstacles have prevented you from changing these things in the past. If it’s related to health and fitness are there mental or emotional roadblocks that are standing in your way? Often there is too much pressure when making changes to see results, so it is important to use this time to reevaluate your goals and make sure there are small, attainable milestones along the way to larger, more substantial changes. Also, these small changes need to be celebrated. Sure, you may not have lost every pound you vowed to lose on January 1st, but if you are becoming more mindful about health and wellness, that is a victory and victories are meant to be celebrated. If you have set goals of work or home lifestyle changes, use this time to reevaluate why there have been challenges in this process and what small changes can then lead to larger successes.
Overall, the importance of “February New Year’s Resolutions” is to stop focusing so much on the outcome, as we often set very specific goals at the New Year and feel unsuccessful or unfulfilled if we don’t meet them. Instead, it is important to remember the process and the journey to attaining these goals. If the goals are too lofty, reevaluate and redefine them. If you are having a hard time getting over a certain hurdle, use this time to understand why rather than allowing it to be an insurmountable opponent. Let February be the time for rejuvenation and excitement for the future, as it reminds us that we are still in a period of transition into this New Year. This shift in resolutions can then allow for enthusiasm and growth as we focus on ourselves and our future, both in 2015 and in years to come.
Written by Jackie Ghyczy, M.A.