New Year is usually a time for New Year’s ‘resolutions’, a time where our desire to better ourselves seems to be at its peak, and we are motivated to make the changes to be fitter, healthier, and happier.
“New Year, New you”, the catchphrase, speaks to us on so many levels, and it’s not always about being physically stronger, your New Year’s resolution could equally be to be mentally stronger, to be more resilient, to be less stressed, or to progress in your career.
The Christmas break is the perfect time for you to pause, reflect and reset, and to re-evaluate what is important to you and what will be your number one priority for the year ahead.
2022 can be the year of you…the year when you finally commit to invest in yourself.
So, whether you have your eyes set on a new fitness regime, a personal development programme, or that leadership development programme, it’s about taking that first step to discovering your potential.
We all have those best intentions, the desire to make changes to be a better version of ourselves, but how many of us are committed to seeing that change through, and turning that desire into determination?
The fact is gym groups nationwide rejoice in a hefty membership base of people who simply had the desire to change, but simply don’t go. Similarly, how many of you have researched leadership development programmes, with a desire to move into your zone of growth and thrive, only to park the idea when you’ve returned to the busy day to day reality? However, for the determined amongst us, it is our commitment to ourselves, that is our accelerator for change, and that will see us through to our goals.
Just as we have a desire to improve our physical health and fitness, the desire to succeed in our professional life requires consistency and commitment.
“We all have dreams, but to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” Jesse Owens, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist.
We have all had those tough days at work when we question the point of it all and it is our sheer commitment that keeps us going. There are reasons to carry on, whether they be moving away from failure, fear of judgment and financial loss. We don’t really need ‘motivation’ to avoid a negative consequence, we dig deep and commit. The avoidance of pain is a much better predictor of success than motivation alone.
However, we can’t perform without both motivation and commitment, it is our motivation, our energy and inspiration that fuels our commitment, and it is our commitment to succeed that enables us to push through those psychological barriers when our motivation is wearing thin.
So, whilst we pause and take a few days rest over Christmas, take a few moments to think about what is important to you, and where do you want to be in 1,2,5 years and make that commitment to yourself to get there! Commitment usually begins with actions being planned and diarised…it is NOT a feeling.