Don't Break the Chain - Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
About a year and a half ago, a friend of mine was posting to social media about how she wanted to be in better shape at 50 than she was at 40. That really caught me and I told myself it was something I was going to do.
So I'm committing to more working out and have 6 months exactly - until July 7 which will be my 50th bday.
Most everyone makes a New Year's resolution to "get in better shape" or "start working out" but very few of those resolutions hold. Why?
Mostly intimidation and time. Part psychological and part practical.
The psychological piece is that it seems like too big of a mountain to climb, it's too much to do and too much distance to cover so why bother?
And then the time piece - I don't have the time, the gym is too far, it takes so long to get there, there's not enough time...and on and on...
I recently read a piece about "Not Breaking the Chain", which was referring to Jerry Seinfeld's approach to writing comedy bits. The point was pretty simple. You don't have to do everything all at once, you just have to do SOMETHING every day.
The most difficult part is getting started. That's why we all make this resolution at the beginning of the year. We have good intentions but then it gets challenging and life gets in the way.
So I'm committing to doing 50 pushups in a row every day until I'm 50. I'm calling it 50 til 50. #50til50!
Of course, I'm going to be doing a lot more but that's my "chain" for now, there will be much more to follow.
So #1 start with a small step, something reachable that you can do every day and #2 don't break the chain, do it every day until it becomes a habit and you're well on your way.
It's not easy but it is simple.
Join along with me and let's do it. What are you going to do?
Get the chain started and let's go!