It’s that time of year. You’ve seen the posts and heard people gripe about those overly ambitious New Year’s Resolution makers taking up space at the gym—crowding classes and maybe even taking their favorite spin bike. They drop by the wayside in droves after a few short weeks.
I admire these people. I admire them for daring to dream big. For having the courage to acknowledge that they want a change and then going for it.
What if a your encouragement helped someone stay on track? A smile or a kind word? A shared moment of camaraderie at the water fountain: “Whew, been awhile since I’ve done yoga,” “Don’t worry, it will feel easier next time,” “Boy, that is going to hurt tomorrow,” or “I remember the first few times I tried to run. It was tough.”
Do you remember your first run? How did you keep going? How did you stay motivated?
I know. The reality is that many of these people will get discouraged when they fall short of a goal that was too big, and most will give up. But what if something you said helped someone stay on track for another day, another week, or maybe until they reached their goal? What if your encouragement during their first run (and check-in with them the next day) kept them going, and they discovered a love of running? The generosity of your kindness costs little.
I know I’d rather be in that camp than the one that rolls their eyes, shakes their heads, and waits for them to quit.
Take a page from the book of New Year’s Resolution makers.
Think BIG in the coming year.