One day when Sophia was in preschool, I her up from school. As I walked toward the playground gate I could see her sitting on the bench swinging her legs. The second she looked up and saw me, her shoulders slumped forward and she reluctantly pushed off the bench, defeated.
Hmmm, I thought. Someone’s not happy.
“Hey sweet girl! How was your day? Is everything okay?” I asked.
“M-O-M-m-m-m-m, “ she whined. “Today was the worst. day. EVER!”
Minutes later, buckled in the car and ready to burst into tears, Sophia told me the source of all her trouble.
“So at lunch today – I only got to eat ½ my Goldfish package before Faith took them and ate all of the rest! Hmmmph!” she said angrily.
“And what else happened?” I asked.
“What do you mean? Nothing. She ate them and now I don’t get to...
As reformed all-or nothing thinkers, we still get fired up by the promise of a New Year to buckle down on intentions and re-energize goals.
After all, it's hard to resist the appeal of a clean slate.
But we've also learned (personally and with our clients) that the decision to go ALL-IN, head first is a usually a short-term strategy.
After a few weeks, it's hard to maintain changing All. The. Things. And life steadily commands you back to the status quo.
For many of you, life resumes as normal tomorrow. Maybe it's already happened... the kids went back to school or you went back to work... but we know that the first full week of January is when most people really want to buckle down and take charge of the year ahead.
What if you did things differently this year?
What if instead of tackling everything you want to improve in your life, you just picked one thing to target in January.
If starting an exercise habit is your goal, maybe you...