I'm named after my grandfather, who's a New Year's baby. Add my birthday being January 12th to the mix, and it's easy to see why I have a thing for New Year's. Did you know that folks born around this time of year are Capricorn according to the astrological chart? Hard-working, responsible, dedicated... words that describe these "mountain-climbing" people. And now that I've laid my credentials out on the table, I propose once again to take it easy, because it's a slow ride.
New Year's resolutions are a powerfully motivating, yet fleeting phenomenon. Why? For starters it's still cold outside. For the 62% of you out there that have a diet or exercise goal folded into your January 1st pact, know that your body has thousands of years of history and genetics telling it to rest and consume as many calories as possible. So set your weight goals, but set small, easy to achieve ones. Then once you reach them, set more. Baby steps could help you crawl right out of the "tight" spot you're in.
And remember it's a slow ride, so you'll need to fill up the ol' gasoline tank on the way. One of my favorite things to do is co-opt other holidays to renew my New Year's pledges. Chinese New Year (Sunday February 10th this year) is a fabulous time to recommit to your goals. And after you've cut your teeth with relatively easy goals, you can really take things to the next level over Lent. The practice of giving up something for six weeks has sealed the deal for me many times. I even keep July 4th on the schedule as the day I "declare my independence" from whatever is stopping me from being completely awesome!
Whatever your resolutions are for 2013, I wish you plenty of endurance, stamina, and fortitude in getting there. Change is hard work, and like anything hard, you just have to keep chipping away at it until you break through. Take it easy.