New Years Resolutions

For some reason Ford are advertising that by buying one of their cars will help you realise one of your New Years Resolutions, by having more fun.

Hmmm.

Many people make resolutions; start off well, relapse and slip back into normal life, because if you want to change anything, you have to change everything. You can’t expect to suddenly get healthier if you carry on eating the same stuff and not exercise. You can’t expect to suddenly get better read, if you only surf online and not sit down and read a book and so on.

Making any life changing decision, at any time of year is hard work, because you have to try something different, do something different and continue doing it differently until it feels normal. Like when you clasp your hands together and interlock your fingers; one thumb falls naturally on top, try doing it with the other thumb on top, you have to think about what you are doing and it feels odd. Changing anything will feel like you are out of sorts, until it becomes part of your life.

Sometimes it is a simple battle of wills: when the alarm goes off early and it is dark outside, the bed will always feel more comfortable than going to the gym, or in my case yoga. Making the commitment and following it through to change anything in your life is half the battle; because you are fighting against doing something you have always done, which is the life that you want to change. Sometimes it comes down to not admitting defeat, accepting that you can change, you will change, and the little voice inside you trying to bring you down – will be ignored.

Buying a car has bugger all with enhancing your life and having more fun. Being grateful for what you have, recognising what you want to change, then having the courage to actually change and be willing to be uncomfortable for a while is how you start.

Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going.

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