Sticker Shock and Resolutions

The new year is typically the time for resolutions. For most people, it involves losing weight. As someone who has lost around 100 pounds, I can tell you losing weight is the easy part; keeping it off is harder. I’ve kept it off for close to a decade now. I did it not by a resolution, but small changes. I measured what I ate. I ate more vegetables, less bread, and red meat. I changed my workout routines, and I weigh myself daily. The “resolution” didn’t happen in the new year, but rather in the fall, when I realized I was tired of being overweight compared to my brother in law.

It wasn’t a big event, it was a slow realization, followed by a resolution, followed by a series of small, daily, and maintainable changes. People look at the new year as a time for a change, but any time in the year is a time for a change. A resolution is great, but unless you follow it up with SMART goals, it will remain a resolution and not a result. So, whether you want to read more, write more, weigh less, gain control of you money, focus less on the goal, and more on the process.

Another thing that may happen this time of year is sticker shock. I recently had this as I experienced for the first time the tax cost of self-employment. Perhaps for some people, this will happen when the cost of gifts start rolling in; it’s easy to overspend on the holidays without thinking. This is especially true with the easy access to credit cards. Then the bill comes in. Do you get angry? Or, like above, do you resolve to make a change and then implement a process. Connecting the new year and sticker shocker may seem a bit tenuous, but ultimately, both times are great chances to develop a new process.

Trust the process. It’s been proven to be the only thing that works for making real, effective change in life. A resolution without a process will never become a result.

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