Research tells us that by this point in the year over 80% of people have given up on their New Year’s resolution. The resolutions, the goals people have set have been given up.
Maybe you’re in the same boat. You resolved to lose 30 pounds by June. You weighed yourself and you’re up 3 pounds. So you give up. Or maybe you decided to learn how to play guitar. It’s now February 21 and you haven’t touched the guitar. You’ve given up. Or maybe you wanted to read 36 books in 2018. You’ve only read one and you feel it’s too late to catch up. So you’ve stopped reading.
For each of these failures, you’ve begun to play a soundtrack in your mind. A soundtrack of negativity.
Everyone Has A Soundtrack
When I think of a soundtrack, I think of movie soundtracks. Movies like Guardians Of The Galaxy and Baby Driver have soundtracks that drive the movies forward. They’re fun, they’re exciting, and they’re impacting the mood of the movie.
Did you know you have a soundtrack as well? That’s right, you have a soundtrack playing in your head.
Think about those New Year’s resolutions that have already been broken. As you entered the new year, you had a soundtrack telling you that you could succeed. There was a beat pushing you forward, making you excited.
Then as you began losing ground on your resolution, the soundtrack changed. Instead of telling you how you can obtain your goal, the soundtrack begins to tell you that you’ve failed. You might as well give up. There’s no way you’re going to make it now.
So you slip into complacency. You begin to believe the new negative soundtrack playing in your head instead of the one you had playing at the beginning of the year.
It’s time to change your soundtrack.
Change Your Soundtrack
This is why YOU have to be willing to change the soundtrack of your life.
I want you to think for a minute. Why did you have a more positive soundtrack playing in your mind at the start of the new year? Why was your life’s soundtrack more positive?
I believe it’s because of the following reasons:
The new year allows you to think you have a clean slate
Everyone else is excited because they, too, believe they have a clean slate
You can layout a 365-day plan since you’re starting fresh in the new year
These thoughts allow you to pop out that old negative soundtrack and place a more positive one in… Until you hit the roadblocks. And failures begin to 15 car pile up like a wreck on an icy highway.
There’s a problem with this line of thinking. The new year doesn’t give you a clean slate of your failures. All of those failures are still there, behind you. The way you view those failures changes because you see a whole new year right in front of you.
You changed your soundtrack at the beginning of the year because you saw hope in the possibility of a great year.
There’s good news. You can change your soundtrack at any time. You can pop out the negative soundtrack playing your defeats of the new year and pop in the positive soundtrack of “I can do this” or “I’ve got this” at any time.
Don’t wait for the next new year to change your soundtrack again. Choose to change the soundtrack to your life today.
You can do it. And I’m here for you if you need the encouragement to do it.