by Sara Dixon, Head Editor, INALJ Kansas
It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the last twelve months and consider what seemingly small, and yet attainable improvements we can make over the next twelve months. I used to not make New Year’s Resolutions, I think because it was too easy to fail at them. Though I’m pretty sure I just pretended that I was too cool to make New Year’s Resolutions.
But I’m in a much more positive space these days. When I started running a couple years ago, I got some great advice. I’m a bit of an unmotivated runner, which, as you can imagine, makes it fairly difficult to be any sort of runner. The person who gave me this advice probably doesn’t even know how much it resonated with me. She told me,
“It’s ok if you didn’t run today. The best thing you can do for yourself is to try again tomorrow.”
This advice can be applied to almost anything. And it comes in many forms.
“Don’t give up.”
“You’ll never get there if you don’t at least try.”
“Trying is the first step.”
I encourage you to apply this or something similar in your every day scenarios. I like the idea that this advice encourages me to forgive myself and move on. It helps to keep things positive and not to dwell on negativity or failures. Because it’s very easy to stay aboard the self-loathing train. But you know what? Try to take a step forward in a positive direction. The more you try, the easier it gets.
In this running scenario, I did try again (and again and again and again) and I ended up finishing a half marathon: 13.1 miles! In my job search, I kept trying (after MANY failed attempts) and I got a fantastic job. I’m trying to train my new puppy (who is a ridiculously cute little terror that ate my library book last night), and I will keep this mantra in mind.
What resolutions are you making this year? Share the positivity!