Okay, so it’s New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve means resolutions! Yaaaaay! So, show of hands, who can tell me why new year resolutions suck? You there, in the back! Yes, that’s right!
NEW YEAR’S EVE RESOLUTIONS ARE UNFAIR.
Why, you ask? I mean, I want to make a fresh start, and the new year is the perfect time and date! A fresh start for a fresh year! Well, excellent question asker, new year’s resolutions are unfair to you, dear reader. More often than not, you’re trying to make a drastic, huge change in your lifestyle, in ONE DAY. Your body doesn’t like that, your subconcious doesn’t like that, and everything that makes you, “you,” is going to struggle against it for all it’s worth. This, in turn, will make those changes very difficult to maintain over the long term, and end up leaving you frustrated or disappointed.
Your body doesn’t like change. You may want change, in your head, but your body doesn’t like it. Heck, changing your favorite brand of soup, or your preferred route to work, or what time you have your coffee, all of these things are relatively difficult. Typically resolutions are much bigger changes than that, and we want them because we’re impatient, and want a better life. There’s nothing wrong with having goals like that, but making the jump all at once is going to leave you frustrated and disappointed. Instead, you want something else…
So what is a plan? Well, first of all, a plan is incremental. Let’s say you want to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is HARD. Going “cold turkey” is HARD. Instead of going cold turkey, you want to instead buy the patch or gum, and just cut down on the number of cigarettes you have per day until you wean yourself off. By the same token, you don’t want to just tell yourself, “I’m only eating salads and oatmeal, going to the gym fives times a week, and drinking a gallon of water every day.” Start slow, then work yourself up. I’ll start with myself, and my own goals for the year.
- Martial Artist
- Fitness Enthusiast
- Skilled Gamer
- Adventure Seeker
- Computer Expert
Summary: Unfortunately, due to a combination of injury, and stressful, over-packed life, I’ve fallen out of shape. I’m honestly not happy with where I’m at at the moment, and I want to set some goals for where I’d like to be by the end of this year. Remember, these are GOALS, not plans. Goals are different from plans.
Goals(by December 31st 2013):