This post is also available in: Italiano
When a new year comes, we are always full of hopes, ideas and resolutions. Every single time. ‘I’ll do this, I’ll do that, I’ll get in shape again, I’ll be more productive, I’ll get my degree…’
These are all amazing goals, trust me. However, have you ever asked yourself why we tend to abandon them? Why we give up on them? Have you ever thought ‘Ok, maybe I’m doing something wrong’? Is there one or multiple reasons why we don’t succeed? I could use the word ‘fail’, but I won’t. I don’t believe in failure.
2018 started, are you ready to hit your goals? Are you ready to write on more than 300 blank pages of your life?
You don’t believe you can do it, do you?
It’s all about entering a virtuous cycle, instead of falling into a vicious one.
When it comes to stick to your resolutions, you may find some obstacles.
I’ll give you just three reasons why you might fail in following your commitments:
1. Lack of motivation
Let’s say you want to get fit. First thing first you have to know WHY you want to do it. Is it to become stronger? Lose weight and decrease body fat? Build muscles? Be healthier?
Second, you need to learn to enjoy the process and don’t be discouraged by flops (again, I’m not using the word failure, on purpose). Slip-ups happen every day, they’re a chance to do better. Regarding the example above, if one day you don’t workout or you eat not that healthy… well, think about all the bright days about to come. You’ll do better for sure. Don’t you think so?
Maybe you didn’t even set goals for the new year because ‘you were too busy’ (you said). Or maybe you’re ‘waiting for the right time to start’ (you said).
Well, FYI the right moment is now. They say ‘people who wait for the right moment end up waiting forever’. If you don’t change something now, everything will remain exactly like it was before.
3. Lack of perseverance
Stickability: the ability to stick, to persevere. It is known to be one of the qualities of successful people (according to Napoleon Hill – see ‘Think and grow rich’)
I also find it’s directly linked to the capacity of not being discouraged by slip-ups, as mentioned above.
When you don’t succeed in something, keep on pushing ahead. Success will come, but you’ll have to be there to welcome it, don’t give up now.
You need to develop habits, little by little.
You need a plan…
Of course, as you probably guessed, there’s no magic wand to suddenly make your resolutions come true. Yup.
Despite this, I would love to say there’s a magic tool: it’s called ‘plan’.
Planning is all you need to make sure you stick to commitments.
I know me well: as far as I’m concerned, I always want to do a billion things but I suddenly feel lost. So, I sit down, I grab a piece of paper, I start writing down a list of what I have to do and gradually allocate these things among the days.
Whenever I want to do something I need a plan. I need to know which steps to take to move into the path.
Develop the plan that works for you, write down your projects and divide them into smaller steps. Don’t forget to make an analysis every once in a while.
Moral: make a plan and strongly BELIEVE in what you’re doing, in the person you want to be in your life, and you will succeed.
Indeed, you already are successful.
Now, go to your kitchen and make some delicious turmeric soup!
Ingredients: (for 1/2 turmeric soup)
- White sweet potatoes, 350 gr
- Carrot, 50 gr
- Fresh turmeric, one little piece
- Water, 200 gr
- Ginger powder
- Soy yogurt, 20 gr
- Mustard, two teaspoons
To finish off
- Black pepper, a sprinkle
Boil your white sweet potatoes until they’re soft (pierce them with a fork to make sure they’re tender). Let them cool a bit, then peel them carefully.
Peel the carrot and a piece of fresh turmeric, paying attention to the yellow color it leaves on your hands (wash them immediately to avoid dye).
In a powerful food processor, blend sweet potatoes, carrot, fresh turmeric and water until it gets nice and creamy.
Add some salt and ginger powder to spice up your soup a little more.
To make the yogurt sauce, just combine yogurt and mustard. Season the anti-inflammatory turmeric soup with some ground black pepper and top with the sauce.
Your turmeric soup is ready, enjoy this spicy deliciousness.