I think it’s safe to say that, once again, this year’s attempts at New Year’s Resolutions were a bit of a flop, but it’s never too late to give it another go. So with Lent beginning it’s a great opportunity to try to make those little changes to be a better, slimmer or even nicer person on a considerably less daunting scale.
People so often fail to fulfil their resolutions because they take on too much too soon. Right after Christmas is possibly the worst time to make any promises to yourself as, in most people’s cases, you haven’t done anything but drink, eat and celebrate over the festive few weeks, the only exercise maybe being going back for yet another serving of turkey or the long stumble home from the pub. But now a month has gone by and with very little progress I’m guessing, or if you did get off to a good start you now catch yourself staring at people’s chocolate bars and waiting for them to look the other way. But don’t be hard on yourself, very few ever seem to actually have the will power to pull off the scary task without a couple of bumps along the way.
Lent be just the thing you need. Although it is suppose to be a time of religious reflection and charity it has, over the years, become a sort of mini resolution period. A way to stay away from those extra biscuits you’ve been having with your tea or try to give up smoking, again! But the great thing about Lent is that instead of taking on the whole year with four or five resolutions you tend to only take on one over the few weeks and therefore have a tendency to to be more successful.
With your soon to be victory you can then start to think about making changes on a bigger scale, maybe even taking on some of the infamous tasks that appear on everybody’s lists every year.
- Quit smoking
- Quit drinking
- Eat healthier
- Go to the gym
- Stop procrastinating
Overall it is a much easier and more manageable mission and will in turn give you that sense of motivation that will help spur you on to continue. So go on, give it a go. It’s only for a few weeks and you have everything to gain.
Studies show that keeping track of your progress and even your “Ooops” moments can help you to succeed. So why not give it a try and let us know how you get on. Good luck!