I know, you still have wrapping paper on your living room floor. Yet here I am, the man with the nerve to bring up New Year’s Resolutions. I might as well come into your house and tear down the Christmas tree, huh?
Did you wake up listening to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album? Of course not. It’s time for Penatonix to go back on the shelf and Tiny Tim to take a hike. We’re on to the next steps. 2021 is only a few sleeps away. It’s not too early to turn your focus on New Year’s Resolutions. If anything, it’s late in the game. But we’re here. Better late than never.
It’s a yearly tradition for me to plot out of New Year’s Resolutions with vigor and excitement. I love goal setting and planning, especially when there is new hope just around the corner. My energy is at its peak when possibilities are endless.
Our culture loves New Year’s Resolutions. It loves when people are making aggressive, not-so-thoughtful decisions about their future. Commitments without counting the cost are the beacons of bad decisions.
3 Common New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Fail
- Lose weight. Checking the scale leads to lb-penny pushing. Your weight fluctuates. Don’t let that fluctuate your commitment.
- Fad diets. The ugly cousin of #1. Who wants to avoid ranch dressing for an entire year? Oh for shame!
- Exercise “more.” If you don’t know what it looks like, don’t even try to draw the picture. More can mean anything. But it usually just means you’ll be less productive and burnt out in two weeks.
Ask yourself, how many New Year’s Resolutions have you succeeded in? How many Jan 1 decisions made it to December 1? If your answer is greater than zero, then someone should absolutely give you a trophy and two gold stickers. Personally, my answer is a flat zero. “December 31 Danial” has big plans and is drinking Recharge pre-workout just thinkin’ about the future. “January 15 Danial” wants to eat an entire pizza, drink 6 beers, and take a nap. I’m a walking paradox with each rotation of the sun. New Year’s Resolutions are a 365 day commitment, and… dang, that’s a lot of days. So why would this year be any different? What gives me the authority to write about goals?
Because I moved the goalposts. I’ve changed the rules. No longer burdened with the standard New Year’s Resolutions, instead freed by better goals. Better support. A better view. It’s like my dear friends Incubus once said, “To obtain a bird’s eye is to turn a blizzard into a breeze.”
We can focus on the journey, not the results. If you can be the light, you don’t have to focus on what lies at the end of the tunnel. Right now, in this moment, you’re what you need. Not future you.
This is my favorite part of Rise 45. The goal isn’t to suffer for a short period of time. It’s not a 45 day fast or bootcamp. The choice is to build a better you. It’s to instill better decisions. 6 weeks and 3 days of daily victories that are meant to act as a catapult to the remainder of your life… not just year. Not perfection. You can still eat cake and an entire wheel of cheese. Just don’t forget your Immune+ Complex. Surely, there will be off days. But a real commitment to your future can support a rocky road.
My new year’s resolution is to join the thousands of people who’ve signed up for the Rise 45. To be mindful, to be hydrated, to sleep better, and to take better care of my body. Day One is just around the corner, too.
If you want to make 2021 different than the rest, then you have to take a different approach. Whatever ashes you’re in, we’re here to rise together. Daily.
Interested? Click here to join me for Rise 45 starting January 4.