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What will be your New Years Promise?
Yep promise, not resolution.
You see the former means more and is not so easily broken.
The latter on the other hand, we’ve been binning those off for years without any consequence or second thought because it’s the expectation that it will happen.
Our history will often define our future.
Your history will often define your future, is that what you want?
One of the best indicators of a persons future performance is to look at all their past ones because you will see a trend, a pattern.
Of course people can change, people do change.
Not that much though.
Do you want to be something more than your history or are you happy with living the same life on repeat, much like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.
We all get stuck in a loop from time to time.
It’s a far more comfortable place to be, I can personally attest to this because it’s so much easier to stay in a place we feel safe, protected and emotionally satiated.
That’s often what it comes down to in the end.
We all want to feel something, something nice, warm, fuzzy and generally safe.
There is nothing wrong with this you know.
If that is the life you choose and make that choice willing without hesitation or any ambiguousness then you my friend are someone very rare indeed because you’re someone who knows themselves.
I can’t help but respect that deeply.
Say that isn’t you and there is a deep sense of longing, wanting more, yearning for something you can’t quite place your finger on, then this is worth exploring further.
Ask yourself this –
‘What am I searching for? & Why am I searching for this?’
You don’t need to share it with anyone, it’s for you to know and act on if that is your decision.
Half the battle is knowing.
The other half, doing.
To achieve this, in 2020, instead of making a new years resolution try something a little different instead.
Make yourself a New Years Promise.
There are a lot of things to remember when it comes to making progress in life.
Well, at least that’s what most would have you think.
Over the years these have been the glaring consistencies:
– Master the basics
– Failure is the best teacher
– More is rarely better, it’s just more
In regards to the first point, if you are looking at it in a fitness sense you’ll not really need more than the basics and while all the other options available are nice, they’re not necessary.
Squats, Presses, Pulls, Loaded Carries & Moving.
You don’t need much more from the gym, the rest you can gain outside of 2-3 sessions per week by partaking in various hobbies.
Life doesn’t need to be spent living in the gym.
A lesson it took me many failures to learn because of doing too much for too long and not getting anywhere that is where understanding less done better yields greater results than more just for the sake of more.
Live wise the above got in the way of experiencing it.
It’s a place many fall into, especially when they feel that by changing their look to gain more confidence, attention and self-love will be the answer, which of course it never is.
The reason for that is a simple one.
Just because you change who you are on the outside that doesn’t mean it will even scratch what you are on the inside.
The gym doesn’t change who you are, you do.
The gym is meant to help improve your life, not consume it.
If you’ve spent year in there training away and still feel no better in who you are then you’ve merely exchanged on prison and place to hide for another.
By all means train, move well, look good on the outside.
Just be sure to live and grow on the inside too.
1 – Keep a food diary (write down everything that passes your lips, EVERYTHING).
This will give you some perspective and control over your self, if you’re willing to accept responsibility.
2 – Walk 30 minutes every day
Its good for the mind and the soul.
3 – Read more real books, you know of the paper variety
Spending less time in front of a screen has been said to help reduce stress, anxiety and other such modern day issues.
Ironic you jus tread that one via an online blog.
4 – Buy a Kettlebell(s)
Some people don’t like the gym, this little piece of kit is known for being a ‘gym in the palm of your hand’. Doing 20-45min a day of things such as Swings, Get Ups, Snatches, Presses, Carries, Loaded Stretches, Mobility or movement patterns. These will not only help change your body, it will help your mind as well.
5 – Ensure most, if not all of your meals are meat & veg
You’d be surprised what eating ‘whole foods’ will do for your health and your waistline.
6 – Each year aim to learn a new skill, or invest a good chunk of time in to mastering one
Perhaps you always wanted to learn a language, or how to paint, maybe it was knitting related, whatever it was set aside perhaps one or two hours or so a week to learning and acquiring this.
It’s not selfish to want time for yourself.
In the long run you’ll lead a much fuller life if you devote some time to adding strings to your body, not to mention it can are a great way to relieve stress.