Do you make resolutions or goals?

I am not a person to make resolutions.   I’ve tried in the past and realize that they just aren’t for me.   I never keep them and I know I’m not alone in that either.   You start off good with your resolutions and it’s all downhill from there.  Statistically only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions.   I know I was usually one of them.   I admit that over the years I made many resolutions to get healthy, to eat better, to exercise, ect, ect.    I’m not sure if I even made it to February.

Now, I will say that what for me works is goals.  This is what I need to have to stay on track.  I started all of this with the goal of finishing a Sprint Triathlon.    I also made this goal in September not a New Year’s Day goal.  Having a goal kept me honest in my training.     Having a goal made it harder to quit when I may have wanted to especially when I told everyone what my goal was.  For me, I need a goal which usually is an event.

As we begin the New Year I will evaluate last years goals to see which one’s I’ve accomplished, which I would still like to strive for, and what new goals I would like to set.

It may sound similar to coming up with resolutions, but in my mind it is a totally different thing.

Here is why…..

Simple Definition of resolution

  • : the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something

  • : an answer or solution to something

Simple Definition of goal

  • : something that you are trying to do or achieve

To me it’s clear cut…..   A resolution you are looking to solve a problem, but with a goal you are working towards something.    With a goal it is more tangible.   It is the difference between saying, “I’m going to start eating better” or “I want to be able to loose 10 pounds.”   Although, I really don’t worry about the weight, my goals are more…. I want to run x miles in y minutes.    In order to do so, I must do xyz:)

I like goals.   I need goals.   That is just the way I am wired.    So this week, I will be focusing on these things.

What are your goals for the New Year?



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