Bree: As we return from the Christmas holiday and prepare for the New Year, the idea of change is reflected nearly everywhere we look. Magazines boast articles advising us on how to start the new year with a new body; every news station in the country interviews self-help experts about how to make and keep resolutions, a new series of books are published claiming to help us change our diets, budgets, careers, mindsets – we are looking to change and change fast. Clearly, the current “us” is not where we want to be or we wouldn’t be so infatuated with change.
I love resolutions and any opportunity to contemplate who I am and who I want to be. The most important thing I’ve learned in the last year about change is that it’s a process – it doesn’t happen overnight – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Every day we decide what level of effort we are willing to put forth to make our desired change a reality. The great thing about becoming fit and healthy is that so much of the effort spent early on becomes second nature later on; making healthy food choices gets easier as you begin to crave foods that fuel your body and you learn to cope with situations where you are surrounded by junk food. Working out/running/going to class becomes a comfortable place to deal with your stress and your thoughts and to just do what comes naturally – take care of yourself. As these habits form, we can put that effort toward challenging ourselves, encouraging others, and improving even more areas of our lives.
So this year, though I will be making resolutions just like in years past, I am going to try to remember that every day I have to resolve to put forth the effort to earn my changes.
No effort=no change.