We are now well into January, and I am wondering… how are those New Year’s resolution going for you?  It is the season where resolutions abound.  You may have read my other New Years’ article and set some SMART goals for yourself, but the question is, will you stick to it?  When most resolutions (we’re talking 95%+) fizzle out by the end of January, how do you keep going?

Well, to almost quote Nike, my suggestion to you is to “Just do…. Something”.  Here are 3 tips to why just showing up will be for the win:

  • While dramatic action may sound better in a Facebook status, committing to just showing up every day will pay off by making you more likely to stay on goal.
    Without proper motivation, making a big change like going gluten-free or running 5 days a week is going to be hard to stick to.  Can you break it up into smaller chunks that are easier to stick to?
    Maybe commit to going gluten-free one meal a day for a month.
    Maybe start with running 2 days a week, and taking a walk the other 3, or even just starting with running 2 days and building up eventually.
  • Quit gathering information, and break out of the dreaded “analysis paralysis”
    The Internet is full of advice, the good, the bad and the ugly.  We have all the information we could possibly need, but the problem tends to come with implementation.  That’s not necessarily the consumers’ fault—the truth is that a lot of the information on the Internet is not meant to be implemented, it’s meant to sell something else.
  • Consistency should win out over perfection—it will get you further in the long run.

Which of these sounds more successful?  Working to perfection 3-5 days a week on your resolution for 2 months, when you give up out of sheer emotional exhaustion or frustration, or showing up daily with some small improvement for a year, giving grace for imperfect days, and having the emotional energy to continue trying to improve over time?

I believe the answer is obvious.  Choosing to pursue your goals in a moderate, long-term, SANE way will get you to your goals.  Maybe not as fast as you want, and maybe not as flashy as you want your Facebook status or your Instagram pic about your amazing change to be.  But we need to be honest with ourselves, and make the changes in the way that is best for each of us, because we are making them for ourselves.

So here are some “Literally just do something” action steps you can take, whether it’s one small thing you are going to consistently (but not perfectly) work on, or just choosing one healthy habit to do each day:

  • Drink more water
  • Take a walk
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Cut back your alcohol intake
  • Reduce the “extras” in your coffee (sugar, flavored creamers)
  • Stand and stretch more often at work
  • Start a gratitude journal

Alright all, it’s time.  Just do SOMETHING!