January 12th, last Friday, is famously known as "Quitters Day”. This is the day that many people abandon their New Year's resolutions and goals. It's a time when initial enthusiasm wanes, and the challenges of change become apparent. However, it's crucial to recognize that quitting entirely is not the only option. Instead, one can choose to change their approach and adapt to the circumstances they find themselves in and continue trying to live a healthy life.
Camp ‘Hell Yea’ (1 min 26 sec)
There are usually 3 camps people find themselves in at this point in their health resolution journey:
Camp 1: Seeing Amazing Results
This camp is likely to stay strong and can’t be stopped on their path to victory. These people are also a little annoying to be around at this point, because they are gloating about their success.
Camp 2: Seeing No Results, Gave Up Possibly Further Away From Goal
This camp has already thrown in the towel and were never really serious about reaching their goal.
Camp 3: Seeing Some Results And Questioning To Continue On The Path To Success
This camp is in a predicament. “Do I continue and gradually keep improving and possibly reach my goal? Or, do I give up now and do the same thing I’ve done for every year prior to this?”
Camp 3 is a tough camp to be in, and I would say that most of us find ourselves in that camp when it comes to pursuing any long term goal. We don’t know exactly how long it will take to reach our goal, and we’re kind of afraid that we may work super hard and not even reach our destination.
We have to remember that New Year's Resolutions are not just about reaching your goal. They are about learning how to live a healthier life, and the only way to truly learn if something is right for you is to try it out. Trying something for 2 weeks is usually not a long enough time to see if something works well for you. We have to give new habits and routines time before we put the kibosh on them.
A message for everyone in camp 3: YOU CAN DO IIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!
The Myth of All or Nothing:
Quitting is often associated with giving up entirely, but it's essential to debunk the myth of an "all or nothing" mentality. Instead of abandoning goals when faced with setbacks, individuals can choose to reassess their approach and make necessary adjustments. Progress is not a linear journey, and setbacks are a natural part of any transformative process.
Changing the Approach:
Rather than viewing challenges as roadblocks, individuals can embrace them as opportunities for growth. For example, if a fitness goal seems overwhelming, consider adjusting the workout routine, seeking support from a friend, or exploring different forms of exercise. The key is to adapt and find a sustainable approach that aligns with personal strengths and preferences.
Taking It Day by Day:
The pressure to achieve long-term goals can be daunting, leading many to succumb to Quitters Day. However, adopting a day-by-day mindset can be a game-changer. Breaking down larger objectives into smaller, manageable tasks makes progress more achievable and less overwhelming. Each day becomes a chance to move closer to the ultimate goal.
Celebrating Small Wins:
Acknowledging and celebrating small victories is crucial for maintaining motivation. Whether it's completing a challenging task, resisting a temptation, or consistently following a new habit for a week, these achievements build confidence and reinforce the commitment to change. By focusing on the positive aspects of the journey, individuals can stay motivated and resilient.
Quitters Day doesn't have to mark the end of aspirations and resolutions. Instead, it can be a turning point—a moment to reassess, readjust, and reaffirm commitment. By changing the approach, taking it day by day, celebrating small wins, and seeking support, individuals can overcome challenges and continue progressing towards their goals. Remember, it's not about the destination but the journey of growth and self-improvement.
Get after it!!