Pacing yourself for success.
January 4, 2013, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Brain, Mind, Motivation, Spirit, Writing | Tags: , , ,

The subject of New Year’s Resolutions (imagine ominous music in background) has not yet been breached in this blog. I’m about to breach it. A lot of people shirk the ceremonious action of creating a resolution. Many people think it’s just another day. But the freshness that the ball drop represents does fill us with a renewed sense of hope that this year will be different. Can be different.


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But the truth of change and growth is old and always the same, even though we are experts into recycling the truth to seem new and shiny and fresh.

What is it that we need to change?

We buy expensive self-help books.

New workout equipment is charged on the credit card.

We tell all our friends and family of our best intentions to lose weight, quit smoking, save up money to buy a car, declutter our home, etc. etc.

How can this year really be different?

First, change that question to… How can this week be different?

Break down your habits. 

When you try to imagine your life changing in the span of a year this can bring overwhelming thoughts and doubts for your success. It is easier to focus on your behavior within the time frame of one week than one year.

Write down your intentions.

Put your goal in writing and hang it where you can see it. Resist the urge to tell the entire world about your goal or to post it publicly (unless you’re prepared to deal with the naysayers and all those other people who gave up on their goals. Trust me, they’ll come out of the woodwork. This is sad, but true.) Instead, share your goal with supportive family members and close friends who you trust and who you know will support you in your goal so you can tap into your best possible support system.

Make it specific.

A lot of goals aren’t met because they are too lofty, broad or unattainable. But if you word your goal in a way that sets you up for success you are more likely to stick to the steps on the way to achievement.

Broad goal: I will walk more in 2013.

Specific goal: I will walk from point A to point B on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the month of January.

There’s your weekly forecast for the resolution of “walking more.” Set the bar at three times a week for a month. Maybe after a month you will continue with three times a week. Maybe you will find you can amp it up to four.

The key is small steps. Consistency. Pacing yourself.


Cape Cod National Seashore – Wellfleet, MA 

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Proverbs 4:26

Stay in step with your goal and focus on your progress (not on the days when you didn’t achieve due to sick children, doctor appointments, too much housework, over-time shifts, etc. etc.) Life is bound to throw up an obstacle at some point. Healthy balance is always the best way. Eyes on the prize.

“Be not anxious about tomorrow. Do today’s duty, fight today’s temptation and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things which you cannot see and could not understand if you saw them.” – Charles Kingsley


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