No Regrets

Taking an Objective Look

imageofJanusJanus is a god in Roman mythology associated with doorways and gateways. How appropriate for this time of year. He is the god of beginnings, and is usually depicted with two faces. One looks to the past, the other to the future. The month of January is named after this god.

This is the time of year when most of us make those New Year’s resolutions. In honor of the Just Do It Daily Post challenge, I offer a bit of a twist to that annual attempt. Don’t just look forward. Give yourself some support by taking a brief look back at 2012.

Take a few minutes to scan the year, and look for anything you did where you just told yourself you were going to get on with it. Did you start eating better? Were you able to sustain that? If you started but weren’t able to sustain it, try to figure out what blocked your success.

If there was something that you succeeded with, give yourself credit for that. Remind yourself of this success when you find yourself waffling in the future. Now turn your attention to the year ahead. Go ahead, make your list.

Some things you can consider doing to help yourself as you get ready to take another run at just getting it done this time are:

1. Take small bites. Don’t try to change everything in your life all at the same time. Pick one thing, and focus your effort and energy on shifting the momentum of that one thing. Remember that the Titanic, once underway at full steam, could not avoid that ice berg in time. An object in motion tends to stay in motion and tends to continue in the same direction until that direction gets changed.

2. Be patient with yourself. It takes time and focused effort to develop a new way of being, and to change an ingrained habit.

3. Renew your promise to yourself every day. Commit to just doing it, whatever it is, only for that day. You don’t have to promise yourself to do it for the rest of your life, you only have to promise to do it for today.

4. Remind yourself why you  want to make the change. This will help support the shift.

Go ahead. Just do it.

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