Year’s ago I saw an episode of the Simpsons (don’t judge me) where Homer was given an award for excellence in the field of excellence. All through university we were encouraged to be leaders in our community, the best of the best, blazing new pathways, bold going where no man had gone before, no wait. That last one wasn’t us. The point is that nothing short of earth changing was a suitable goal. As we stood there in our M.C. Hammer pants, our mullet haircuts shining in the sun, our collars flipped up, we knew we were almost at the pinnacle of humanity. New wave music and glam rock were forever. We had arrived at a time where our earrings, belts, purses and shoes matched. What higher plane of being could we achieve on an evolutionary scale? The cruel truth of our delusions was completely revealed years later when the movie “The Wedding Singer” came out and we saw ourselves as others saw us. It was a rude awakening.
As we approach New Year’s Eve we look at our resolutions. We shoot to scramble up that sheer rock face of our daunting goals with grit and determination. The problem is that if you are not used to the exercise you are going to pull something awful. Your sciatica is going to flair and you are definitely not dressed for that kind of weather.
What if you start a little closer to where you are at? What if you set achievable goals? Why not a little stretching and a walk around base camp first?
With your eating instead of saying you will never eat out again and you will make all of your food from scratch maybe you can plan dinner two nights a week and eat out once a week. You know you are going to eat out so find your weak spot and make a realistic goal. What about one fresh soup a week?
For fitness instead of training to be a marathon runner how about a local walking group or how about a walk around the block? Set goals you can see yourself doing rather than ones that look good on paper. Instead of pump, rip and smash it is OK to shimmy and wiggle. Embrace your velcro closing sneakers, the hoody with the missing string and yoga pants that have never seen the inside of a studio.
Financially you could collect your receipts and have them in monthly envelopes so you can review your spending and be more realistic about where the money is going. You will spend something on yourself so give yourself an allowance that is in a cash envelope. Find your real level of frugal.
Feel guilt free setting the bar low because you know you can step over it and keep going. Wave your participant ribbon proudly because this year the list is going to mean something and that is excellent. Rock on my people and happy New Year’s.