Why would you make a new year’s resolution in the fall season? Samantha Hall explains in her most recent post.
Fall is generally the time we look back at how far we missed the mark on our New Year’s Resolutions, but it shouldn’t be, and I’ll tell you why. Making changes in our lives is typically something we think about in January. Resolutions to overhaul our lives come as the new year dawns and, just a few short months later, we drop the ball. Why is that? Well, simply put, it’s just too much change too fast. That much change can be overwhelming. So how do we avoid that inevitable resolution failure? The answer is easy. Start slow, start simple, and above all, start now.
NOW, as the seasons change from summer to fall, is the perfect time to start building your personal change. Don’t wait until January and burden yourself with a gigantic list of immediate personal changes that will be so overwhelming that you’ll drop them in a week. Start slow, ease into it. Don’t leap into change, wade in. Take some time right now to look at what you’d like to see change in your life during the course of the next year. Write it all down. Be honest with yourself about why you want to make those changes. We are often most successful with our changes when we really want to make them, rather than making changes just because society says we should.
Over the next three months pick and choose which habit changes you’d like to ease into first. Want to go vegetarian but feel like it will be too daunting? Then don’t quit meat cold turkey (pun intended), do it slowly. Incorporate more veggies than meat until you finally transition over to full vegetarian. Want to work out more but have every excuse why you can’t? Then don’t stress yourself out with a gym membership you won’t use. Find 10 minutes a day to do the most pleasant and useful exercises for you, AT HOME. Then add a few more minutes and a few more exercises until you are finally comfortable with your routine and not sore and miserable. Want to meditate more but can’t find the time? You don’t need an hour a day, just grab a notebook and jot thoughts down as they come to you on your lunch break or with your morning coffee. Soon you’ll realize that those few sentences are just as powerful as a full-blown hour of personal introspection.
Start slow, start simple, don’t make gigantic changes that will stress you out, zap your energy and make you feel like a spiritual failure. Ease into changes slowly over the next three months and when January 1st rolls around you’ll have already had a great head start on your New Year’s commitment to great energy and personal change. And maybe, just maybe, by the end of the coming year, you’ll finally be able to say… “I actually stuck to all of my New Year’s resolutions!”
Author – Samantha Hall