Very few people wake up in the morning and feel like taking big risks or feel like digging deep for something that has eluded them. People don’t usually feel like pushing themselves harder than they’ve pushed before or having conversations that might be uncomfortable. Seth Godin
It’ that time again, the time where we access our past year to see what we’ve accomplished and then we begin to RE-commit to goals unmet or we set new goals. The first of a new year tends to serve as a kind of “reset button” for us all.
We may take the time to list our fresh commitments, share them with a trusted friend or coach, or we might simply keep them private but “top of mind”. We may commit to getting healthier, eating better, being more diligent in our spiritual life, focusing on a better marriage or relationships. We may establish new fresh practices for our professional lives as well. All these commitments will require diligence.
I love attending my local gym in January where I am surrounded by zealous people committed to getting healthy THIS year! Every day the classes and exercise equipment are full! Day after day people make an effort to focus on their health…….for about 30 days. By the tail end of February many of those recommitted to their health have already backed away from their goal.
Why? They didn’t FEEL like it.
Before the sun is even up I grab my bathrobe and a cup of coffee. I head downstairs to my favorite chair where I will journal, pray, and read on a daily basis; a discipline that needed to be shored up last year! Every morning I find my way to my chair until I begin to give myself permission to sleep just a little longer….and a little longer….until, once again, my diligence weakens and I lose out on this meaningful time.
Why? I didn’t FEEL like it.
Making key changes in our way of doing life requires diligence that is not based on how we feel. I have often joked with friends saying that “I am always so happy after I work out but I have never started my day FEELING Yippee! I get to go exercise!!” I simply do it because it has become part of my lifestyle; there were many years when this was not the case.
Aristotle says “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.” You’ve never heard an interview with an athlete where when they are asked how much they practice they answer “when I feel like it!” Achieving our fresh goals requires commitment even when we don’t FEEL like it!
We are rounding the corner to the end of 2013. Are there goals you set last year that you’d like to recommit to? Are there new goals you can see that you need to establish? Are there dreams you’d like to diligently step into this year that you know will require effort on your part?
If so, then take some time to address the challenge you know you will face as you pursue fresh behavior. Will you stay the course even if you don’t FEEL like it? and when those times come how will you prepare to be proactive so that you don’t sabotage these fresh goals that matter to you?
If we don’t give ourselves permission to make decisions based on our feelings we will find a greater sense of resolve and satisfaction; it will be well worth it!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9