NO to New Year Resolutions

Wouldn’t t we love a clean slate that erases all our little sins and we can pretend things are gonna change starting today? you know well it doesn’t work that way.

I think people with resolutions are kidding themselves.

If you have a goal for the year, go ahead. But if you start on January 1st thinking you’re going to be someone else, you’re are, quite surely, wasting your time.

Now, if you’re going to be at the gym, or running outside, or trying to diet,or whatever it is you want, I’ll totally support you for as long as you can keep that going.

But, if you are really serious about this “new you” I suggest we pick a long term goal. Or an attitude change. Or a sustainable lifestyle adjustment.

I would love to start eating healthier, or logging more miles, starting today. The truth is, I could get excited to do it, do it for 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 months if I am lucky and then get bored and forget it all.

Instead, I am focusing on a long term goal. I want to get to 40 (in a year in 3 months) in top shape. I have time to figure out what that takes so there is no intense pressure on it RIGHT NOW. The constant day-to-day pressure is what wears the new-year-resolutioners out. I think we need a brain-shift. And to get to work on something we really want. I believe in “if there is a will, there is a way”.

The truth is, there is nothing stopping any of us. If you want something, you could have started on December 31st.

Let’s focus on figuring out what we really want, and then, I AM SURE, we can get to it easily. Let’s change resolutions for revolution. Or, better, EVOLUTION.

What’s your long term goal?

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12 thoughts on “NO to New Year Resolutions

  1. I like the idea of “goals” instead of resolutions. Resolutions can dissolve pretty quickly. A goal is something I tend to think of as a process and a long-term commitment.

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  2. Agree! Lifestyle changes! So many people are amazed I still run after having a baby. It is just part of my life. And if the alarm has to go off at 4:55 every day to make it happen, so be it.

    And I get to 40 in 5 months! Yikes. Jealous you still have another year.

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