New Year’s Resolutions are great.
It’s that time of year where you have a bit of time off from work and you can decide what you want to achieve in the year ahead. So you write down these amazing goals filled with the best of intention and set time aside to figure out how you’re going to achieve them.
Only then it gets to February…and March…and then April (yes, it’s already April next week).
Do you remember what your resolutions for 2015 were?
I remember mine…how clear they were on January 1st.
How much I wanted them.
How I thought I would achieve them so easily.
How clear I felt knowing that I had set realistic and even enjoyable resolutions.
And how wrong I was.
Yep, I’m human too – I admit that although I had good intentions, I was not able to keep my resolutions.
That’s not to say I didn’t think about it. It’s not to say that I didn’t “half” or “somewhat” achieve them.
I attempted them…and was successful – but not to the degree I had intended to.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post – you need to start before you are ready.
I have a challenge for you today. As April nears closer (and further away from January…)
I challenge you to start now.
Not next week, or next month…or next year.
I have been attempting a little experiment with myself lately – completing things in 13 minute blocks. I discovered this idea over here and have been utilising it quite effectively since I first read about it.
This morning I sat at my computer, typing away, getting through some of my long “to-do” list.
But about an hour in, I felt a pain between my shoulder blades.
I turned my head to the right, trying to stretch out my neck. Then over to the left – it felt good…and the pain subsided for a little bit…but as soon as I sat back in my “neutral” (read a little slumped over and typing furiously) position, the pain quickly returned.
Why am I sharing this with you?
A few weeks ago I found a sheet of paper where I had written out my goals for 2014 – and one of my personal health goals was to improve my posture, so that I could be pain free.
Now – I remember when I first wrote these goals out, and how I went about achieving this first one.
But today I didn’t feel very “pain free” – in fact, quite the opposite. I have been doing everything “right” – weights and interval training twice a week, Pilates once a week, a run and walk here and there, stretching and getting on the foam roller when I can – and I even went for a massage a few days ago!
But none of that was relevant this morning – I was in pain and needed some relief pronto.
So I set my phone to countdown 13 minutes for me – I got up from my desk and worked through a few stretches and some foam rolling to release it – and that was all I needed.
It may not be a permanent solution – but for today, it worked.
I challenge you to 13 minutes.
Think back to your resolutions from January 1st – or just think about something you’ve been putting off doing for a long time. Something you have been wanting to achieve, but haven’t had the time to.
It could be eating healthier – take 13 minutes to chop up some veggies and pop them in the fridge to eat later for lunch.
It could be moving more – crank some music up high and just dance for 13 minutes. Or, if you’re in an office environment and that won’t be so appropriate, spend 13 minutes researching an exercise class and sign up for it to go later today. Pay for it so that you’re committed.
It could be finally taking that step to book an appointment you’ve been thinking about for ages.
Or it could be as simple as calling a friend you’ve been meaning to make more of an effort with – just to say hi.
Whatever it is – I challenge you to take just 13 minutes out of your day to try and achieve even a small part of your goal.
I hope you have a week filled with 13 minute achievements,