This is a top that pops up every January like some kind of bizarre self-help version of Groundhog Day. It’s a new year, so I’m going to start trying. Ok, maybe that’s not exactly how a New Year’s Resolution starts, but that is the idea, isn’t it? After all, a resolution is basically a promise to stop putting off the things you know you need to do, but don’t necessarily want to do. Well, that’s not 100% accurate. Sometimes these are things you want to do but it is more a matter of find the time to do it.
How to keep a New Year’s Resolution?
Diving headfirst into something like working out or dieting is fine and good, but it won’t amount to much without a fundamental shift in your life. That’s why gyms and supplement stores are packed to the eyeballs in January and barren wastelands in February. Another part of that equation is burnout. You’ll work out hardcore for a few weeks, get tired and burnt out, and take week off. Then that week becomes two, then a month, then next December you’ll tell yourself, “I’m going back to the gym in January.” Thus, the process starts again.
Why is that? You wanted an immediate change without the necessary adjustment to your lifestyle. It takes a real commitment to keep a certain time slot open for physical activity to make for meaningful change. That same can be said for diets. Sure, you may order a salad the first few days of 2017 when you visit your favorite fast food place for lunch, but before long you’ll crave a burger so bad you’ll fall hard back into your old habits. Same with soda. Why?
Procrastination is a key component to broken resolutions.
You procrastinated and overcompensated. Sometimes, you need to crawl before you walk. You can’t expect to have a fundamental shift in your lifestyle overnight. Sedentary tendencies, junk food, sugar, caffeine, stress…you should look at all of these influences as things you need to kick, but you can’t do that cold turkey. It’s a long road. The best way to start is to quit procrastinating, but don’t overcorrect and set a path you can’t follow. It will do more harm than good in the long run.
This doesn’t just apply to the body.
Any task that you procrastinate on can apply here. Take, for example, ordering custom apparel for your group or team. If you wait until the last minute, you may still be able to get them in time (thanks to the speed of Winning Streak’s professional team and state-of-the-art equipment), but you’re creating an unnecessary headache for yourself in the process. Why not order now and save yourself the stress.