Sometimes working on achieving your New Year’s resolutions can feel a lot like the Steve Martin movie, The Jerk. “I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that’s all I need. And that’s all I need too. I don’t need one other thing, not one – I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that’s all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.”
The point is, we set these goals for ourselves and then come up with excuses about why we can’t achieve them. I need this; I need that. In this picture, I present a mix of what I keep around in my studio. Not all of it is useful all the time. In fact, I don’t even remember how to use some of it correctly.
I share this picture because this time of year, there are tons of top 5 gadgets you need to achieve your goals pieces. This post is not about things; it’s about qualities from within.
These 5 tools will help you follow through on your resolutions. Just read below, stock up, and you’ll be ready to face the New Year like a champ!
If you practice yoga or study sanskrit, you may have heard the word satya. Translated to English, it means truthfulness. So what does that mean? Truthfulness is the #1 thing I need to achieve my resolutions? Not techy gear or stretchy pants or ankle weights? Seriously?
Yes. When you are setting your goals, be honest about what you should expect from yourself in the upcoming year. We cultivate honesty with others, yet frequently cease honest conversations with ourselves. Have you ever ignored your gut instinct? Have you participated in an activity when you had a feeling that maybe you shouldn’t? Sure, we all have. That’s what I’m talking about!
Listen to that little voice inside your head who sometimes tells you no when you don’t want to hear it. You’re not being weak if you don’t participate in something that might hurt you; you’re being smart. And honest. For example, at this point last year, I was physically unable to clean my house. Spending two hours vacuuming and cleaning floors would leave me in pain and flat on my back for the rest of the day and part of the next.
Last year, my resolution was to do what I could to get myself pieced back together again. I used to jog. I like it as a form of cardio. However, if I can’t vacuum my house should I be jogging? No. Instead, I worked on exercises to put my core (specifically my pubic bone) back together. These exercises were decidedly less glamorous, but they were what my body really needed.
Truthfulness requires you to look at what you want to do and decide whether it is that you should be doing. It’s like the Rolling Stones say, “You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometime you find/You get what you need.”
If you do nothing else on this list besides work on truthfulness, you will be loads ahead for achieving your goals.
Please join me in my next post when we will discuss our second tool, Self-respect.
Reflect on how you personally cultivate honesty and truthfulness in your life and, if you feel so inclined, comment below.
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In the mean time, let’s enjoy the Stones on David Frost in 1969.
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