New Year Resolution: It’s Okay To Go Slow

Just don’t stop.

Sweat was dripping down every inch of my body. I could feel my energy waning a little as my muscles screamed and my legs shook like a leaf. My brain was trying to convince me I had reached my limit and I should stop.

It’s already that time of the year again. Everyone is sitting down at their desks with a piece of paper and a pen, pondering points to jot down.

It’s the famous New Year Resolution time.

Nearly all of us do this every year yet only few of us truly make it to the end. Why?

There are of course, different factors at play when it comes to the success of fulfilling a New Year Resolution. Our personalities, for example, or how bad we want what we put on the list.

Regardless of what affects the outcome of our New Year Resolution, there is one thing that can help you accomplish whatever you set out to do in the year of 2019.

GO SLOW BUT NEVER EVER, EVER, STOP.

I don’t mean you should go slow in doing whatever you have written down on your list. No.

This is something I learn from practicing yoga and pilates daily for nearly 2 years now. There are times when I feel very unmotivated. There are times when I’m so tired in the class I feel like I can’t go on anymore. You know, the moments when you’re shaking with exertion during a plank or when you’re doing like 20 or 50 squats or push-ups.

You feel like giving up. To just drop your belly on the floor and rest or just stop the movements altogether. Yes, the teachers have that moments too.

When you feel like stopping or quitting, DON’T.

This is something I practice myself and whenever I saw my students were in the brink of quitting, this is what I told them:

If you feel exhausted, slow down your pace a little. But whatever happens, DON’T STOP.

When you stop, you’re being stationary, which means, you’re not going anywhere. You’re not making any progress. At all. However tired you feel, very often, you still have an ounce of energy to spare. Use that energy.

You can go slow but you do NOT stop.

This has been my creed for nearly 2 years now and no matter how small, I make progress every day. I don’t care if I have to crawl or drag myself inch by inch to get to my destination. I keep moving.

I learned and applied this first on my workout routine and then later on, in my life in general. It makes a whole lot of difference. If you keep moving, you’ll eventually get to your destination. It’s just a matter of time.

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New Year Resolution doesn’t mean you have to finish everything in one year. It means setting a goal (or goals) and do whatever it takes, however long it takes to get there. Some of you might get to your destinations faster. Some, slightly slower. Don’t compare yourself to others. Go at your own pace and whatever happens, remember:

DON’T STOP.

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Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at agneslouis3108@gmail.com.

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