NYC + 24/7 Donut Shops = A great way to kill New Year's Resolutions


Thank you New York City for having 24/7 donut shops. How would I ever be able to gain extra weight without you while on the road? 

This is real life for me. That's a real photo of real donuts, some of which are in my belly!

If you've made New Year's Resolutions maybe this sounds familiar? 

As we continue to work our way through January, all of us will be tempted with "donuts" that represent giving up on the commitments we made just a few weeks ago.

Want a practical step you can take to stick to your commitments when the "donuts" come your way?

Forgive Yourself

I bet that wasn't the step you were expecting, but I would also be willing to bet this might be one of the reasons you've failed in the past. It has been for me.

We all start off with the best of intentions. Write 2x a week, workout 3x a week, etc. These are our steps. They may look different, but most of the time they include some sort of consistency.

Then, it always happens.

We skip one ever so important step. Whether the reason is good or bad (aka - eating a donut at midnight in New York), we are left with a feeling of disappointment. Thoughts of repeating the past come to mind, which leads us to question our commitment.

It may not happen the first time you skip or even the second, but at some point you decide not to forgive yourself and instead of consistently taking steps, you start consistently missing them. Before you know it, you're back to the same routine you were trying to get away from.

99.9% of us will skip a step and do it more than once. This is inevitable. If it happens to you, you're in good company.

But here's the thing: Missing steps is not what kills New Year's Resolutions.

What kills our resolutions is when we allow the disappointment of missing steps to keep us from taking future steps and we lose our heart and ultimately our goals.

So...take a deep breath, forgive yourself, get back up and keep going no matter how many times you eat a donut at midnight.

Chris CapehartComment