But then a few weeks pass, and we find ourselves falling into the same habits as before. 5 am is really early, so we snooze the alarm. We forgot to prep so we go out to lunch with coworkers "just this once". We all have great intentions, but a large group of people find themselves back at square one by early February.
I have been wondering about this phenomenon I keep seeing, year after year, and I think I finally get why this happens. Sure, it's a new year, but you are the same old you. The moment Ryan Seacrest said "Happy New Year!" you didn't change, did you? You woke up on January 1st as the same you that went to bed drunk the night before. You may have new drive and new motivation, but you are the same you.
So what can we do? How can we turn our new drive into long term motivation? It's actually pretty simple.
Find your why.
The excitement and push of the new year can only get you so far before you lose sight of why you started. Deciding to change your life isn't easy, and having a deep, personal reason why you want to change will keep you going when you feel like you can't go any further.
Really dig deep. I have tried losing weight for an event, a dress, for well-meaning family members, but none of them stuck because I didn't have anything strong enough to keep me motivated when things got hard. It wasn't until I sat down and asked myself the hard question, why I wanted to lose weight, that I decided that it was for me.
All my life, I struggled with self-esteem issues, my eating disorder, and feeling like I had very little self-worth. It wasn't until I decided that I was worth feeling great about myself and looking great that I decided to try to lose weight for me. When I found myself getting back into those habits, of self hate and self-loathing, I would look in the mirror and remind myself that I am worth it.
Find your why.
Just because it's a new year doesn't mean you have changed. But harness that energy and drive and find something in your life that will keep you going, even through the hard parts.