How to Actually Keep New Year’s Resolutions

“That was an exquisite teaching at that moment. Don’t try, just do it. That’s really what right effort is about.” – Ram Dass

In a blog post, Ram Dass shared a story about learning to meditate with Trungpa Rinpoche. The simple instructions given were, “Expand outward.”

Ram Dass gave it a go. Then, Rinpoche asked him, “Are you trying?” Ram Dass said, “Yes!” Rinpoche replied, “Don’t try, just expand outward.”

It’s an eye-opening way to look at goals and how we can go about achieving them.

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Everything else is just an excuse. It might be an especially compelling or understandable one – but it’s still an excuse. Either something has come to fruition or it hasn’t.

I have a habit of making excuses. “No one will notice my hairy, unshaved legs. I’m single.” “These cupcakes are mini-sized. I’m going to eat four of them.” “That felt like ten push-ups, so I’m going to call it good. (I did six.)”

How to Follow Through on New Year’s Resolutions
1. “Just do it.” – Nike

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“If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

The simple answer is “Just do it!”. I can spend all day defending, explaining and arguing, or I can shut my trap and take actions.

To kick off my 2014 New Year’s Pole Resolutions, I’m proclaiming this to be the year that I get my splits. No excuses. No wishful thinking without action.

The plan: to work on my splits for at least 30 minutes, three times a week.  In these 30-minute sessions, I’m including hamstring and hip flexor stretches that will help me get into the splits – so my practice sessions will consist of more than just doing the actual splits.

Pop, drop and pole dance,



This blog post is part of the Pole Dancing Blogger Association (PDBA)’s January Blog Hop. See blog posts about this month’s topic, “Pole Intentions for 2014”, from other pole dancing bloggers!

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