Written by Brett Bermudez
January 2012... I mean 2013. Here it goes again, a new year that brings new opportunities and, most of all, a new you! At least, that's what the world continues to tell themselves.
Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are things that have to do with physical and mental health, such as eating better, getting more exercise, reading a few more books, or even a better balance between work and play. Nothing wrong with wanting to improve your life for the better right? But as I'm sure you know (and probably have experienced for yourself) keeping even the smallest resolution is no easy task. But why is a change that is purely for the better so difficult to commit to? More importantly, why such an arbitrary date? Why should such a beneficial change need to wait till the day our calendar resets? Seems awfully silly to me, letting a calendar control your actions (I'm looking at you, Mayans!).
So if you still feel that you can't keep your New Year's resolution, here's some ideas to help you out.
Start Small: As a runner let me tell you, trying to jump into a life of working out and physical activity doesn't come easy, so why not start with a few daily exercises like push-ups and sit-ups? We'll work up from there.
Make it Public: Let everyone know what you're trying to do, boast about it even! If you've been talking the talk, you better walk the walk for fear of the public shame of telling everyone that you've given up.
If At First You Don't Succeed...: February is known as the end zone for resolutions as people tend to revert back into their old routines but if you mess up here, that doesn't mean you should give up. Start again! And this time, aim for longer! Make it your Chinese New Year's resolution!
But in the end, it shouldn't be the peer pressure that makes you change your life for the better. If you really want it to happen, take it upon yourself to find the time and energy that is required to reach your goals despite how hard it may be.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion or position of The Equestrian.