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?