New Year, Same Me. And That’s Okay.

7K0A0223[1]What is it about a new year that makes people rush to the gym, throw out the stuff in their fridge and replace it with everything organic, or plunge into a new novel with wild abandon?

I’m exhausted just writing that.

Of course, all of these actions are admirable. But if there’s one thing I learned, it’s this:

  • I am the same me on January 1 that I was on December 31.
  • Improving, getting better, learning from mistakes, finding new solutions, being a better person is great, but it can happen any day, at any moment, not once a year.

I think we have a tendency to use January 1 as a springboard for strict or short goals, a once-and-for-all kind of objective, and then when we don’t meet those goals, we think of ourselves as failures. And that’s unfair to us.

My advice to you this year is to try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Set a reasonable goal. Or two. Or three. Work hard. I mean, work really hard — not like when my kids say “I’m trying my best” when they know that they’re not. Go after whatever it is you want. Go get it. I truly believe you can. But give yourself a break if you stumble. You’re only human, after all. Just get back up and try again tomorrow instead of waiting for the next January 1.

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