Hello New Year! It’s officially 2017, which means it’s time for all us to jump on the “New Year, New Me” phase of our lives. The time where all of us reflect on all the things we didn’t get done the year before and how this year will be different. This year is going to be the year we stick to it. We all have goals and dreams we want to accomplish in the coming year. We all want to be better than we were the year before. That’s the whole reason New Year’s Resolutions even exist, isn’t it? The word resolution itself means: a firm decision to do or not to do something. So, on December 31st we firmly decide not to take the piece of cake because this year the diet is gonna stick. And then we firmly believe that going to the gym five times a week sounds like a great idea. Starting January 1st, a new and improved version of ourselves will come to existence. Whatever it takes!
When the next morning rolls around and the new year begins, everything we said last night hits us like a ton of bricks. Now we actually have to take action steps to do what we said we would. But where to start? How about we follow that “New Year, New Me” mantra after all and stop to think about what the “new” us would do. And all through the month we cling on to that one phrase.
See, January tends to bring in a season of confidence and determination with it. Everyone you run into seems to have a little more pep in their step. The air seems lighter, the sun a little brighter. A perfect world of optimism!
However, as January turns into February and February into March the alluring sense of accomplishment starts to fade away. “New Year” turns into “just another year”. It’s like our drive to do things goes away when the spring comes. Trips to the gym become less and less frequent. Cheat days become more and more, and soon enough we completely forget about the changes we wanted to make.
According to the website Statistic Brain, only 8% of us who make New Year’s Resolutions are actually successful in achieving them. Talk about an eye opener! Out of all the people in this world, only 8% achieve the goals we want to. How many times have you given up on your goal? How many opportunities of being part of the 8% did you pass up? I can’t even begin to count mine. But, have we ever asked ourselves why? Why don’t our dreams come true? Because life gets hectic and we get distracted? Not necessarily.
Yes, with each new year comes new opportunities. But with every opportunity comes new fears. We’re scared that we wont be able to actually complete our goal. Maybe we’ll fail. Maybe we’ll be made fun of. Maybe we will be worse off than ever before.
So instead of overcoming our fears we let our fears overcome us. We would rather give up than face our fears. Trust me, I know how hard it is to face fears. For one and a half years I have been on a search to find myself. I’ve lived so long for others I didn’t know who I wanted to be for myself. I tried all kinds of different things. Burying myself in books. Burying myself in work. Emotional eating to forget it all. Nothing was working. I didn’t know who I was.
Then, last year my aunt told me about an online school where I could get my certification in Health Coaching. I never in my life saw myself becoming a health coach. When I looked up the school, however, I had a gut feeling that this is what I’ve been looking for. I enrolled and a year later it has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. For my own health even! Now here comes the scary part. How do I take my new title as a health coach and use it to help others? When I first thought about it there was one word that that popped up in my mind: blogging.
I’ve always loved to write. I find it easier to compile my thoughts on paper than aloud. But blogging? Was I blogger material? Could I actually do this?
My answer to that at the time was no. Well, my fear of failure was the real reason I said no. For three months, I told myself I couldn’t do it. It was just going to be a lost cause.
I had completely given up on the idea until one morning I woke up and the first thing I thought of was: start a blog. The idea stayed with me all throughout the day. Nagging me in the back of my mind.
The fears started to sweep in. I could feel the anxiety building up. But I also had this other feeling in my heart. A feeling of passion telling me I could do it. The more I focused on that feeling, the bigger it seemed to grow. And as the feeling of passion grew, the smaller the fears became. Soon the fears got so small it’s like they never existed.
Passion is the answer. Focus on the passion you have and everything else will fall into place. Passion is the reason I wrote this at all.
This blog is dedicated to helping you find your passion. Whether it be your health, finances, relationships, etc. There’s passion to be found within anything. Your goals are important to me. We all need a healthy balance in our life and that is what this blog is for.
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“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”
― Steve Maraboli