There’s a moment between your clear-sighted, post-holiday euphoria and when the weight of your old life falls on you. A moment where you know things will be different. Of course, they rarely are. A month later, very little has changed – same old patterns, same old habits, same old pressures.
It was all going to be so different.
This year, come back from holiday determined to take “Step One”. Doesn’t matter how big or how small as long as you take it. What’s Step One?
Step One is Showing Up
My roommate was trying to get in shape. He talked about the goal often, so I offered to help him stay motivated. However, on the day that we were going to exercise, he was procrastinating. Finally, as it got later and later, I told him out of frustration that he said he wanted my advice, and, “Step one was to get to the gym before it closes!” He laughed at my exasperation and we did go to the gym before it closed. Since then saying, “Step one!” has been an inside joke for whenever someone fails to put in the basic effort for a goal they supposedly care about.
And then you will, quite literally, be in a different place. Who knows what might happen?