We all know it takes a while to get into a habit, and it takes a little longer for it to stick. Now that we've officially kicked off Lent, it might be a good time to think about what you’d be giving up or taking on if you haven't already; especially if you felt the New Year’s resolution pressure and broke your goal already. Don’t worry girl, there’s always time to start over!
As we’ve been counting down the days to pancake day and now Easter, we welcome the period of Lent in between. Even if you’re not religious, you too can benefit from it. Like I mentioned, this is another chance to take on your broken new year’s resolution, pick up a new personal goal or just generally develop yourself in the most positive way.
It could be as small or as big as you want it to be and by challenging yourself to a 40-day commitment, you’ll have the opportunity to really push yourself, take on something new and most importantly, discover that you’re in control of yourself and that is empowering!
As Lent begins today, have a think about what you’d like to do, are you a sweet tooth that needs to cut chocolate and other guilty pleasures? Want to develop your character and give up your bad habits as much as possible? What ever it may be, choose something that isn’t too easy as the challenges we face tend to give us the best outcomes in life. The harder it is, the more you grow as a person.
To me, Lent is doesn’t just have to be about your weaknesses but also gives you the opportunity to play on your strengths. If you’re not feeling to ‘give up’ anything, how about taking something on instead? This is another way to enhance your level of commitment. Work out/eat healthy every day and see your body transform. Truly work on your side (or main) hustle or dreams for 40-days straight and see your work and work ethic flourish. Write down what you are grateful for or read daily and enhance your mindset.. Do you get my drift?
At the end of it, you’ll find that you would’ve obtained new skills or realise that you don’t need to depend on your guilty pleasures or even both, and that daily consistency that you just can’t shake off? That my dear is called ‘Habit’ and it’s always a win to have more positive habits than negative ones. That isn’t to say you can’t go back to what you’d like to indulge on, that decision is up to you, it’s not a bad thing. A few years ago I gave up chocolate and I am a Hot Chocolate enthusiast! After 40-days without it, I noticed that I ate chocolate a lot less and drank it a little less than I usually would. I own chocolate, chocolate doesn’t own me! Just so you know, I am still Hot Chocolate enthusiast - haha!
Just like giving something up, taking something on will give you that personal development you may need right now.
Think of it as a promise to yourself to do better and be the best version of yourself.
Good luck with your Lent Goals!
2020 Lent Date: Wednesday 26th February - Thursday 9th April