Quite a bit of my energy this past week has been spent on my resolutions for the year. I have broken down my lengthy list of habits that I am working on (you can see those here) into a small list of a few things to focus on each week/month. Even still, I found myself feeling overwhelmed at times.
Sometimes it was the physical response to certain things – like craving sugar or feeling sleepy after getting up much earlier than normal. Other times, it was when my mind would settle on the sheer magnitude of the number of days left in this year-long quest to build better habits, and as a result, improve my overall happiness and productivity. As of today, there are 354 days left – yikes! Every now and then I would find myself jumping ahead to other habits that I have on tap to start focusing on later in the year and wondering if I would ever find the time to incorporate them.
In the past, these feelings of “How am I ever going to succeed at this?” or “There is so much I want to accomplish but when will I ever find the time?” would gnaw at me until I just gave up altogether. Mind you, this was never a conscious throwing in of the towel. More so, little by little I would do less and less of the things I was endeavoring to accomplish each day and eventually it would be right back to life as normal – a little too much time on Facebook, a little too much time watching T.V., and a little too much being “busy” doing “stuff” that wasn’t getting me any closer to my goals.
Not this year.
(I know it is only week 2, but I’m claiming victory right here, right now!)
Now when I notice myself feeling the pressure of the end-goal, I just tell myself not to worry about the end of the year, or next month or even tomorrow! Instead, I focus on getting through my goals for TODAY. And, somehow that makes my life seem that much more manageable.
Can I avoid sugar TODAY? Yes.
Can I find time to read a devotional passage and a few bible verses TODAY? Yes.
Can I find a few minutes to do some downward dogs and planks TODAY? Yes.
If I can do this each day, just focusing on the day that is at hand, then soon those days will add up to weeks, then months, then the year and THEN, the rest of my life!
And then I will become the next Oprah.
Ok, well maybe not, but you get my point, right?
The one thing we know about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.