Big vs. Small: The Battle In Our Minds

It’s 2015, and we are inundated with talk of resolutions, focus, goals and doing “better” than last year.

But screw all that for a minute, because we are missing the bigger picture.

The New Year is an easy time to think about the year ahead. But making a resolution is too focused on the what, not the why.

We ask our friends “what are your resolutions?” This basically means, what tasks or goals do you hope to achieve this year?

Sure all those small what resolutions are important steps to take if you plan on progressing, but many of us (myself included) need to make why resolutions. To truly elicit change in our lives, we need to look at the big picture instead of focusing on the small tasks.

For example:

Small: I need to lose twenty pounds this year.

Big: I need to eat healthy 80% of the time and workout at least 2x a week, because I don’t want to die of a heart attack when my kids are only 15.

Sure you might want the small version of losing twenty pounds right now, but you really want/need the big version of feeling healthy. The problem is that our human nature of wanting-things-done-now clouds the real reason we are going down this road in the first place. This is one of the reasons why so many people yo-yo diet or exercise— they want the “in the moment” feeling of fitness. But that wears off, and they trickle back to their old habits.

ALWAYS keep your eye on the prize. Go big, then go even bigger — why wouldn’t you?

Small goals are absolutely important, they are the stepping stones that lead us to the big ones. Just don’t forget why you want to lose twenty pounds in the first place.

Any time you ask yourself what will I do to be better, make sure you know absolutely why you are going to do it.

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