New Year New You!
Posted: January 02, 2017
It’s Time to Put Your Best Foot Forward
The start of a new year brings fresh starts, new opportunities, new goals and new dreams. While you may not set New Year’s resolutions, you can set new goals for yourself. Whether you need to quit smoking, lose weight, or learn a new skill, a New Year offers a fresh perspective on the year that you won’t have any other time. The American Psychological Association (APA) cautions that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes, but as a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.
Aspiring to earn your next belt is admirable, but whether or not that happens is not directly within your control. Instead, make your goal something you alone are responsible for. For example, you can set out to do a certain number of push-ups each day or get a certain number of extra reps on a technique at each taekwondo class.
You should prepare yourself for challenges and ask how bad you really want it. Research suggests that if it’s something you really want for yourself if it’s meaningful to you, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Many people start the New Year with hope and big plans. With thoughtful planning and realistic goals, you can end the year in accomplishment.
You can reach your goals. If you doubt yourself, talk to the other people on the mat. Your training partners come from all walks of life and have all faced their own unique challenges, and they stuck with it. They kept training, and they kept learning.