This past week I’ve been doing what 99.8% of the planet’s been doing — dicking around in the name of holiday break.
Meandering through mall sales and hilarious blogs because ‘I deserve some downtime, dammit’.
All while 9 TRILLION vague emails on Gratitude and Reflection pour into my inbox asking me to look mindfully back on this year and really commit to myself in the next. I mean REALLY COMMIT, you know, like REALLY REALLY COMMIT.
And while things like introspection and dedication are conceptually FANTASTIC, you know what’s EVEN MORE FANTASTIC?
GETTING YOUR ASS UP AND DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Because while wishing and promising and generic goal-setting (I want to lose 10 pounds! I want to go to Hawaii this year! I want to kidnap Ryan Gosling and make him my love slave!) makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and like you really put a dent in your dream life,
IT DOESN’T. ACTION DOES.
Remember when Gram Gram told you that action speaks louder than words? Well, she was a smart old broad because it speaks louder than half-assed resolutions and promises too.
EXAMPLE: A GENERIC IDEA THAT YOU’RE CALLING A RESOLUTION.
Buying a bushel of hopeful kale that you’re going to EAT EVERY DAY! IN SMOOTHIES! IN SALADS! but instead that you confusingly and painfully choke down for 48 hours before banishing it to pathetically wilt in the back of the salad drawer.
EXAMPLE: ACTION, JACKSON.
Taking that same kale and realizing, fuuuuuuuck, you don’t even LIKE kale. You instead buy spinach (which you’ll actually eat and enjoy) and then plan your week ahead by mapping out at week’s worth of specific and appetizing recipes; rounding up the rest of the delicious ingredients ahead of time that will make your meals palatable. THEN, clearing time and space to PREP your food, COOK your food and finally, EAT your food accompanied by a fancy glass of Pinot.
And no, this isn’t a kale campaign. Swap it out with any WANT tacked up on your Vision Board.
*looks around innocently with magazine scrap and gluestick in hand*
Because you can cut, tape and paste whatever body, career or life you want on your posterboard. Jazz it up with glitter and inspiring quotes and hotties with cut abs. You can scribble out EXACTLY how you want to feel this year, next year, forever — HEALTHY, CONFIDENT, SEXY-AS-HELL. You can listen to Podcasts, troll Instagram and flip through magazines that promise motivation FOREVER, but
NONE OF IT MATTERS UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING.
Physically, strategically, consistently, enjoyably, courageously get off your ass and DO SOMETHING different, uncomfortable, unlike anything you’ve done for YOU, YOUR BODY, YOUR LIFE BEFORE.
And as the confetti falls this year, and next year, and the year after, don’t make a wish or a resolution or a hazy goal, MAKE A COMMITMENT and then MAKE IT HAPPEN.
PSSSST: What’s your strategy for the committing to wants, wishes and resolutions? Spill your lovely (& specific) thoughts below.