Helpful Hints to start 2015 right!
January is typically the time of year where people from all walks of life decide to try a new activity, pursue a new interest and set a new set of goals for themselves. We all enter a new year with this state of mind and with good intentions to make our resolutions stick. Speaking as someone who has been active all my life, my advice to everyone reading this is to certainly put your focus and your efforts into “breaking the ice” on enrolling in these new activities, whatever they may be.
Where things typically start to decline is when the initial enthusiasm of a New Year’s Resolutions wears off and most of us fall back into our old routines. Slowly over time, attending classes 3-4 times a week turns into attending class once a week, then turns into not attending at all which leads to quitting. As I have stated previously, people tend to “fall back into old routines.” Finding the new interest is only part of the equation. The real sustainability of your New Year’s Resolution comes from finding that special interest AND in changing your routine! THIS is how you maintain your resolutions. If you find an activity that motives you, challenges you, is enjoyable and most importantly, keeps your interest, keep attending and moving forward with your new passion. MAKE IT PART OF YOUR LIFE AND ROUTINE. If you do something you enjoy long enough, eventually it becomes something that IS part of your routine and lifestyle. Without that activity or interest, your routine and lifestyle will feel somewhat incomplete.
I can speak from my own experience. I have been active all my life and thoroughly enjoy many sports and activities. Martial Arts is definitely my passion and a big part of my lifestyle. I can’t picture my life without Martial Arts because I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. It is my lifestyle. No matter what interest you pursue, from Martial Arts to taking a cooking class, do what makes you happy. Approach it with realistic expectations. Don’t set the bar too high when you start or you may set yourself up for a letdown. Just take that first step and pursue your interest. Take each step up the ladder one step at a time and before you know it, you’ll reach the top. Reaching your goals will be achieved through determination, and enjoyment of the journey. Also keep in mind that life does get busy for all of us. Between work and personal lives, it is easy to get caught up in the day to day obligations of a busy life. If you miss a week or two of your chosen passion, don’t consider it a failure but rather a blip on the radar. Re-prioritize and make sure to set some “me time” aside to spend with your passion. Setting that time aside to re-motivate yourself will feel good both mentally and physically.
No matter your chosen activity, I wish you luck with anything you pursue. If you are a perspective student reading this, and you are thinking about enrolling in Martial Arts, this could be your first step in a very exciting journey. I encourage you to take that next step and try a class. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you are a current student at EMA, I am positive you can relate to everything I am saying, because you are in the journey right now! I commend you on your continued commitment to success. The retention rate that our school sees is a true testament to the excellent, enjoyable training environment our students & instructors have created at the school. As we continue to work together to keep each other motivated, I am very confident that 2015 will be a great year for new and existing students alike!
Looking forward to achieving great things together in 2015,
Dan Novak – EMA Owner and Head Instructor