When I visited the gym today, I saw bunch of people are doing workout there (not to mention tens other applying new membership). This gym is not always this bustling. But today was different, we know the booster: not so surprising but undoubtedly, the new year's resolution.
New year brings new hopes, targets, and resolutions. They embodied our spirit of being a new and better person. Some want to be in shape, get scholarship, settled down, new job, start business, save more money, you name it.
People then change so sudden out of nowhere. They stop smoking at once, try new strict diet, cut spending, etc. They put obsessive targets that are wonderful to be written, but apparently not applicable and against human adaptation. Consequently, it's not that unusual if most people will easily give up by the end of January, or in some cases in February.
This over-excited attitude is problematical. We put too much enthusiasm in the beginning and then it wears off. The thing is, people expect to have a drastic and dramatic results, like entire look or improved financial status, in a short period of time.
But things won't shift in seconds like fairy godmother granted Cinderella. Transformation is thousand miles away. Face it. The only way we achieve that is doing one simple thing at a time, accumulated for certain amount of time. Nothing instant in this world, guys. Even instant noodles still need 3 minutes to be served.
Writing resolution is not about having big target. So please keep your target low, but motivation high. Don't use your whole power in the beginning. But distribute it evenly for months of resistance and patience. This is how you'll endure constant challenge to come.
Additionally, keep in mind that you don't need to see the whole journey, just take the first step. If you come up with an idea of doing 100 push ups a day, decrease the number to five push ups only. And so saving to only Rp 5.000 a day, and so learning language to only 5 new words a day.
Single act will do. Keep it day by day. Appreciate your small daily success. Those 5 push ups now gradually becomes 10, 20, and 50. Your savings reached 1 million, and your new language reached a whole new lexical level. And after consistent small change you eventually realized that you've traveled that far.
Enjoy your adventure. Embrace the new you. Happy new year!
- St. Moritz, January 9