It’s been a couple of months since you made your New Year’s resolution, so, how’s it going so far? If you’re like most of us, the first couple of weeks … days … dare I say hours, you were doing pretty well, right? You were motivated and stuck to the plan, and it seemed like this time you were going to follow through. But something comes up and you find yourself compromising your New Year’s resolution … what do you do then? Here’s some practical advice I’ve found to stop you from falling off the deep end and back to your bad habits.
Whenever you set a goal or objective, or in this case, News Year’s Resolution, there will be a time when your resolve and commitment will be tested. When the time comes, and it will come, when you’ve skipped or failed to totally stay committed to your goal, think in these terms.
Lapse – Relapse – Collapse. Let me explain.
I’ll use the example of the number-one New Year’s resolution, “I’m going to start working out.” Let’s say you’ve committed to working out at least three times a week.
- For the first three weeks you stand by your commitment and work out three days each week.
- Then week four comes along and you only have time for two workouts.
- Then week five, you only have time for one workout, now what? Do you get started again in week six, or just quit?
You don’t have to be discouraged; disappointed, yes, but look at it this way. In the fourth week you had a Lapse, because you only worked out twice. In week-five you had a Relapse because you only worked out once. Now it’s the moment of truth–how committed are you? Here’s your chance to fight through the temptation of avoiding a Collapse!
Start over, don’t quit! Week six, start working out three times a week again! We all fall into the lapse stages, and sometimes we relapse, but the true measure of your discipline is not to allow yourself to fall into collapse!
Remember, Lapse is okay; we all have them.
Relapse: not good, but you can get back on schedule.
Collapse: this is the test of your personal discipline and leads to the habit of quitting, giving up and throwing in the towel.
Fight through the temptation!