There are a million posts out there about 2012 resolutions that sound something like this:
“Eat less. Exercise more. Fall in love. Move to a new city. Quit my job. Start my own business. Spend less money on lattes. Lose 15 pounds. Travel around the world. Buy a house. Pay off my credit card debt. Read more books. Organize my apartment. Ask for a raise at work.”
It’s easy to make resolutions. This is the fun part: dreaming about what’s possible. Imagining a better, brighter, happier, healthier, wealthier future in 364 days.
But the question lurking in the back of everyone’s mind right now regarding their personal resolutions is: “Can I really do this?”
And the answer is: ABSOLUTELY, 100% YES.
However, here’s the fine print that you don’t see at the bottom of all those articles:
It will be hard. On some days, your goals will feel impossible. You will want to eat a bowl of truffle mac & cheese. And then after that, you’ll want to devour a plate of warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies. You will prefer to sit on the couch rather than run on a treadmill. You will doubt yourself and your ideas. You will get scared about leaving your job for work you’re more passionate about. It will take longer to raise the initial round of capital for your new business than you thought. You’ll want to spend a lot of money on some ridiculous and totally unnecessary purchase. Your apartment will get messy. And one morning, you’ll wake up and the only damn thing you are going to want is an overpriced $5 latte.
Expect the hard days. They will come. Prepare accordingly.
Embrace the challenging moments - they are lessons in disguise. Learn the lessons you must learn, and then continue to move on with making your resolutions happen.
Remember that there will always be bumps in the road, excuses to fall of the wagon, reasons to quit. Keep going anyway. Keep remembering why you made your resolutions in the first place. The moment things get tough, pause - close your eyes and picture how amazing it’ll be when you make your dreams come true.
What are you waiting for?
This is your year. Make it a kick-ass one, hard days and all.