Earlier in the week, I posted a few thoughts on working through those 2011 New Year's Resolutions. And I've already needed to go back and read my own advice a few times this week.
As promised, I've got a couple more thoughts today that I thought I would pass along, things that may help keep the resolve in your resolutions.
Just Do It. And Then Do It Again. And Then Again.
I've got to admit, I'm a bit ADD when it comes to self-improvement, home-improvement, fitness-improvement, spirituality-improvement projects.
As in, I don't mind doing the activity a few times. But then I start to get a little bored. And something shinier will catch my attention.
But there's just no substitute for good ol' fashioned stick-to-it-tiveness when it comes to many of the things we hope to accomplish in the span of our days.
If I want my home to be organized and reasonably clean, it takes doing the day-today activity that renders such results. If I want to operate at a certain level of fitness, there is no short cut or substitute for those consistent runs. If I want the kids to work at a certain academic level, I've got to specifically oversee the incremental steps.
That's the thing.
I find the half-life of any goal is around the two-to-three week mark. If I can consistently engage in the needed activity toward a long-term goal for that amount of time, I've got a good chance of staying with it. But the days leading up to that marker can make for some rough rationalization terrain.
So, I've learned to stop asking myself what I think about certain things. "Do I really feel like going on a run today?" Not allowed. "I'm not in the mood to empty that dishwasher for the eleventh time today." Na-unh. My internal emotion dialog can potentially derail the best laid intentions. And while I'd like to offer something here about positive self-talk and alternate ways to talking in one's head, sometimes I find it best to just tell my distracted, tired, pouty self to hush up and get on with it.
But that's just me.
When it comes to committing consistency to my goals, I've gotta gives props to my earlier elementary education...I'm a sucker for star chart. Give me a grid of some sort that I can put check marks in for each run completed or each day of healthy eating and I'll go all second grader on you, competitive with myself to fill up that report card. And it serves as a great visual to see where I'm getting the activity done...and where I'm skipping out.
So while I won't run in Nikes, I will state their ad logo again when it comes to 2011.
Just do it.