Have you ever started a new project only to abandon it earlier than expected? Are those first few efforts discouraging? Do you want to give-up early due to frustration or discomfort or even embarrassment?
We have so many good intentions but what gets in our way when we finally get around to taking action?
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
It’s early January and at this time of year, many of us are starting new projects. We have good intentions but something seems to sabotage our success. Here are some activities that people hope to start:
- A fitness program. People are signing up for gym memberships, yoga classes, dance lessons, spin class… even in-door rock climbing lessons.
- A healthy eating plan. People may have put on a few pounds over the holiday season and are planning to change their eating habits. This may involve cooking lessons, learning recipes, dieting, meal planning, meal prepping,
- A savings plan. Spend a bit more than expected? Need money for a vacation or major purchase? A financial plan that involves a change in your spending habits may be desired.
- A continuing education course. Learning new software? Taking a course on bee keeping or pottery lessons?
A good intention is a good start.
Do you expect perfection? Of course it helps to have healthy expectations but, you don’t need to be perfect. You don’t need to impress anyone. Set reasonable expectations and gently push your comfort zone.
It also helps to have an adventurous mood. Muster up some fortitude, courage and boldness.
What is the FUN factor?
So here’s the key effort when taking on a new activity: Find the FUN.
Finding the fun will balance out the discomfort of starting something new. Finding fun takes effort. You have to look for the amusement in your gestures. Be playful. Enjoy the creative adaptations around the newness. Sense the new colours, sounds, flavours and textures of your activities. Clear out old junk and make space for new systems. Design new ways to organize your routines. Try on new outfits to suit your activities. Feel the freshness.
Making an effort to find the fun can be exciting and stimulating. Let this build your momentum. Catch yourself having fun. Perhaps that’s the point of the whole exercise.