I love the New Year. Full of so much hope for change and improvement in all areas of our lives. We are presented with the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, to become the person we ran out of energy to be toward the end of last year! And whether it’s vowing to hit the gym more frequently, or eating less take away, this is our time to make changes for the better.
But one of the biggest problems we all face when it comes to New Year’s resolutions is that we take on an all or nothing mentality.
Committing to resolutions in this manner is only setting you up for failure from the beginning. Simple things become complicated when you expect too much.
It will take awareness, committed effort and sometimes falling down and getting back up again to create permanent change. To create the new habit which will see you reach your goals.
A quote that I personally live by thesedays is “strive for progress not perfection”. For many years I have been an “all or nothing” type of person, and I can tell you, it has caused nothing but frustration and discontentment in all areas of life. And do you think I reached my goals? Of course not.
I’ve learnt that when you focus on progress over perfection, you build the momentum that gives you the energy and spirit you need to keep striving for something difficult. And you build a mentality that allows you to fall down and get back up again because you know that you are heading in the right direction.
So how does “progress not perfection” tie into nutrition practices?
Most people who pick up a diet plan think they have to follow it to the letter or it won’t work — they won’t feel like they are succeeding.
But when they can’t follow it 100%, they give up and go back to their old habits. Habits that are as comfortable as an old pair of slippers and which take very little effort to think about, much less implement.
But it does not need to be PERFECT for you to make PROGRESS.
So when it comes to your New Year’s Resolutions, think about progress over perfection.
Don’t berate yourself if you slip up after a couple of “good days”.
In fact, it is critical to acknowledge your accomplishments along the way, no matter how small or trivial they may seem. Reward yourself for theses couple of “good days” in a positive way and let your self esteem grow stronger. Give yourself permission to be happy about yourself and the changes you are making.
So let’s make PROGRESS our goal for 2016 and recognise that true change, that true achievement is in the everyday choices we make.
I’d love for you to share with me, which one change are you dedicated to making this year, no matter how long it takes to achieve it?