The Magic Day

January 1st, 2011

It’s 2011. Everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions. I’ve heard at least 15 different things people want to do to better themselves, start a good habit, or end an old. Some want to stop smoking. Some are going to lose weight. Some say they are going to stop worrying about things they cannot change. Some want to go to church more. I smile, watching people make their New Year’s resolutions…

I find it funny that people picked a day of the year, the first day of the year, to “change their lives.” It’s like a magic day where you have a better chance at succeeding at being a better you. Why not any other day of the year? And why do we need a certain day to start things over? Every day is a new beginning. You can start TODAY, rather than wait for January 1st. (See what I did there? It *is* January fi… nevermind. #dork)

If there’s a habit you want to change, do it now, don’t wait. I hear so many people say, “Eh, I will do it tomorrow. I will start tomorrow.” I am guilty of this… Though I am a munkie, I’m still human. Weird breed of mammal, don’t ya think? Off track again. … SQUIRREL! There are things I say I will do the next day, then they get put off yet another day, simply because I just don’t want to do them. I try to tell myself, “The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can forget about it.”

Why do it NOW? You may not get a tomorrow, and one day of “better” is better than zero. So, if it happens to be January 2nd, 3rd, 4th… when you read this… Don’t wait until 2012 to start a good habit or end a bad one. While I think resolutions are great ideas… 99% of the population fails to stick to what they want to change in their lives. Why? Because humans are lazy, and don’t like being told what to do – even when they are being told by themselves. Also, they are not realistic.

The best way to change your life is the same way you train for a marathon. (Not that I would ever run in one… My heart won’t allow it.) Baby steps. A little at a time. If you bite off more than you can chew all at once, you are doomed to choke. Every day I try to be a better person, be a better friend, give someone the benefit of the doubt, be more positive, trust more, gossip less, walk in “your” shoes before judging, and push bad habits aside. It’s a constant fight. Daily, hourly… I try and fail. I try again. And I fail again. But the way I see it, at least I am trying. Someone may not have it all together, but if they can put out a good example 30% of the time, I call it a win. There is no failure worse than never trying at all.

That is why I never make snide remarks at anyone’s resolutions. It’s like an alcohol program. The first step is admitting you have a problem. After that, it’s one foot in front of the other, and no one said it’s easy. Breaking a bad habit or making yourself start a good one is a daily battle… But I believe that with the willpower that exists inside each of us and God’s help, we can do better. I ask God daily to help me do better in this or that area of my life. Try it. Prayer works. He has a plan and knows what He’s doing in your life.

My prayer is that you succeed in any and all resolutions you have made for the year of 2011. I hope you are a better person by the end of 2011 than you were at the end of 2010. You can do it. Stick with it.

Stay safe, friends.


2 Responses to “The Magic Day”

  1. Andi on January 2, 2011 12:44 am

    I love your post Jae! they are uplifting but still good at opening our eyes. I have made resolutions but I agree that it should be no different than any day! Mine happened to be nice because now I have a week vacation to work on switching things without work getting in the way. Thank you for the motivation Jae! <3

  2. Dave P. on January 3, 2011 2:19 pm

    Another great post, Jae! While there is nothing magical about Jan. 1st, if someone can use it as a starting point for making a positive lifestyle change than I’m all for it.

    Last year, I decided on Jan. 1st to give up soda. I was successful 361 of the 365 days with once being an accident and the other three times being by choice.

    This year, I’ve decided to add no french fries to the list, too. I lost 22 pounds not drinking soda and also taking up running. In addition to french fries, I also want to run 1,000 miles this year (or a little over 2.7 miles per day). I do all of this to try make a healthier me that will hopefully be around a little longer for my family. 🙂

    Best wishes to you in the new year and keep writing these great posts!

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