Well, we made it, and holy shitballs it’s January 1st!!!
Doesn’t the act of putting up the new calendar necessitate us getting busy making resolutions?
· Losing weight is the #1 most common resolution;
· 46% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions;
· 76% maintain their resolutions through the 1st week, 46% go past 6 months;
· 39% of people in their 20's fulfill their resolution, while only 14% over the age of 50 do.
(I’m going to continue by being a little more specific to fitness “resolutions”, but I do feel that these same thoughts are applicable to resolutions in other facets of our lives as well).
1. We don’t set our goals appropriately. Either we aim too high or too low. We set out with an “all-or-nothing” approach, leaving us feeling deprived and frustrated, or we allow ourselves too much leeway, excuses creep in and before we know it we’re right back where we started.
2. We proceed with too much gusto. You’ve heard the expression, "Rome wasn't built in a day"? Well our goals aren’t going to be achieved overnight regardless of how gung-ho we are.
3. We lack knowledge. We think that the internet and/ or a subscription to [insert magazine title in the area of interest here] will garner us the knowledge that we require to achieve our goals.
4. We don’t see results fast enough. Results take time and consistent effort. It’s a marathon – not a sprint.
5. We have no concept of improvement. People fail to objectively monitor their progress. Small improvements become overshadowed by the fact that we haven’t met our goal yet.
6. We lack true conviction. The word “resolution” is defined as the act of resolving to do (or not do) something… the making of a firm decision, and undertaking this decision with determination. But I think we’ve come to place some mystical power in the word. We’re led to believe that “if we say it out loud, then it will come to pass” and this gives us false hope and removes the need for the determination which is engrained in the definition of the word. January 1st rolls around and “Oh, it’s resolution time again… hmm… what do I want to do this year?”
Unfortunately, changing a habit(s) takes effort – there’s no easy way to make it happen, no genie will pop out and grant us our wish, and ultimately the question arises, “how badly do you want it”? Unfortunately, far too often, not badly enough.
1. Start now.
2. Set goals and make a plan
3. Enjoy it
4. Think long-term
5. Don’t think perfect… think “better”
7. Get help