The New Year. It's the season of seeing lots of propositions for a "new you". I've been sensing a theme coming up here and again in my thoughts and meditations about this new year. It's hard to put it in words because it tends to arrive in images. But the main point is something like this: How can I use the beginning of the new year, the "resolution", to leverage change without it being the motivation for change?
We all know that resolutions get a bad reputation for being short-lived. I know to avoid my local gym for about the first three weeks of January and opt for some movement at home. After that, the crowd kind of thins out and I can go back to my routine. Probably, as a collective culture, resolutions aren't great motivation. But I don't want to totally dismiss this time of year and avoid reflection and goal-setting all together. I won't argue with the suggestion that we should be reflecting and goal-setting throughout the year, however the beginning of a new year is surely one of the times for it.
Back to my thematic inner question: how can I leverage the new year without relying on the resolution? Your answer may be different than mine. But my suspicion is that both answers would fall under the larger category of intrinsic (internal, as apposed to external) motivation.
Personal Example: My faith. I believe I am beautifully made. That I am created on purpose by a creator. So for me, while the new year is good timing, faith is my actual motivation for all things good for me: getting some regular physical activity, keeping up with my physical therapy techniques, slowing down for some mindfulness practices, drinking plenty of water, eating whole foods, avoiding sugar binges, and the like.
So translate that for you. What is the intrinsic motivator, the belief system you have, that you can tap into and rely on for 1. knowing what's good for you and 2. the strength to do those things that are good for you (and avoid the things that aren't good for you)?
Happy New Year!
Stephanie Yeager: Passionate about spreading the word of hope and healing for those like her, influencing a paradigm shift in the medical community toward greater understanding of chronic pelvic pain disorders, and prevention initiatives that may protect young women before onset can occur.