“Then as it was, then again it will be
And though the course may change sometimes
Rivers always reach the sea.” – Led Zeppelin, Ten Years Gone

If your life were on a map, the road would not be linear. Yet humans are continuously surprised when life takes an unexpected turn. Your plan’s flipped on its head, and everything you worked towards feels for naught. However, did you consider the possibility that your plan was too small and you are capable of things that you didn’t even know were possible? What if we stopped planning? What if we just let life happen and see how it plays out?

The beginning of every new year presents an abundance of possibilities. However, these opportunities do not have to result from a resolution. Perhaps we should change the phrasing from “new year resolution” to “Rejuvenation Goals” or something with a more positive connotation. Sadly, “new year’s resolutions” are infamously unfulfilled.

As the saying goes, “If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it.” Working towards the best version of yourself is never easy, but it is always worth it when you fulfill your purpose. Remember, your “perceived purpose” and “actual purpose” differ 99.9% of the time. Hence, it is rare for these two things to align. That does not mean you don’t know yourself; it just means the future is unpredictable, as is life. In those moments of unpredictability, we must remember that no matter the route you take, part of your life is already waiting for you. Find it and seize it.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or learn something new, success depends upon the root of the goal. Why are you seeking this change? Are you trying to fit a certain beauty standard or live a healthier lifestyle? Are you on a timeline? Be careful of timelines. This is a HUGE reason why people quit. They don’t meet a goal by a specific time and deem themselves a failure even though they have several other factors influencing this. People also tend to underestimate the time and dedication it takes to meet a goal. What is the root of your goal(s)?