I, much like everyone else, can appreciate the freedom and relief a New Year brings. Oh, it’s shiny and new and exciting and you’ve not had a chance to mess it up yet, and that new start is everything you’ve wanted since you broke your old resolutions last January (maybe February, if you’re resilient). So you sit down, and you make a new list of resolutions, maybe keeping some of your old ones, adding some new, doing whatever you want because it’s a clean slate and you can.
But if your anything like me, your sat around on January 11th writing a post you swore you were going to write two weeks ago, looking at your list of resolutions and feeling slightly like you’ve received a harsh punch in the face from reality. If you’ve failed then don’t worry- we’re in the same boat.
However, my number one resolution, written right at the top of the page in large capital letters with multiple underlines, was to stop being a quitter. And with that, I have decided that I’m not going to let reality keep me down for long.
So you break a resolution. It’s not the end. You don’t need a new year to start over, so just get up and try again. The main problem everyone (and me) had with their resolutions is this crazy idea that once a resolution is broken, it is unsalvageable and the only possibly solution is to give up and revert back to your pre-resolution ways.
This is not true.
If you break your resolution, try again. If you break it again, try again. Keep trying and keep pushing until you don’t have to start over anymore, until you can look back on the year, or the multiple years, or the decade it took you to get to where you are and say “I knew I could do it”. Even if you didn’t know, say it for dramatic effect. It’ll look cool.
My number one resolution this year is to not be a quitter, and that what I’m trying to do. I’ve already broken it roughly seventeen times, but I think the fact that I haven’t given up on it yet is some kind of good sign.
So, in conclusion; don’t quit, stick to it, try your hardest, and come out the other end of 2016 with a smile and a bucket load of pride.
You can do this. I believe in you. Now it’s just important that you believe in you.