Your New February’s Resolutions, or, How to Keep Going

February 1, 2019

December 23, 2020

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning surprised to see that it’s already February. As we grow older, time seems to pass us by even quicker.

January starts with great intentions, renewed resolutions, and the possibility of hope.

But as we settle into our routines, the excitement that surrounds the new year often fades. Work picks up steam, inboxes overflow, and the stress of everyday life does its best to deter even the most well-intentioned among us.

If your New Year’s resolutions have been pushed aside, consider using today as a fresh start. Renew your commitment to whatever it is that lights you up inside.

None of us is perfect, so stop beating yourself up if you didn’t complete Dry January, quit chocolate, read 10 books, or run a marathon.

I’ve found that the most effective tools to reach big goals or build a new habit are self-compassion and persistence. We’re often our own worse enemies in the pursuit of progress.

If you didn’t do something yesterday, or last week, or last month, who cares? Shake off that guilt and just do whatever that one thing is. Do just a little bit of it. Do it right now.

The key to success is not maintaining a perfect streak, but rather to start again each time you fail.

Fall down seven times, get up eight. ~ Japanese proverb.

So no matter how far you’ve fallen off track, use today to recommit yourself to those goals, habits, and dreams that so excited you just 4 weeks ago

Brush off those New Year’s resolutions, and start fresh with some New February’s resolutions.

Celebrate even the smallest accomplishment. Forget the losses. Today is a new day. February is a new month. Start again.