Resolutions

If you are on social media at all, or even just living, you will notice that a lot of people are talking about New Years resolutions. At our Crossfit box this morning the ice breaker question was “what is your resolution?” Over two thirds of the responses were, I don’t have one. There weren’t any reasons given for why the individual didn’t have one. So I’m going to take a guess at some of the reasons why….

  • I’ve tried before and never succeeded, and I don’t want to fail again.
  • I don’t want to share with you as you will hold me to it
  • My resolution might sound silly compared to others
  • If your reason isn’t above then put your own reason in here…….

As we know, the normal resolutions are, lose weight, give up smoking, drink less or not at all, exercise more, spend more time with the family, be kinder to myself, eat less cake, achieve more at the gym etc, etc..

According to Wikipedia (the source of all truth – not quite, but will do for this blog) …

“The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.

I would like to propose some questions to you on why you fail. Did you choose wisely? Is it something that you can do? Have you chunked it out into smaller goals? Are you invested in yourself to achieve? Have you removed all the roadblocks that could stop you achieving? Have you a support crew that will help you achieve? Why did you choose that goal? i.e. was it for you or for someone else? Do you really need to achieve it – will the world stop if you don’t? What could happen if you did achieve it? How would your life be different from now? Food for thought eh? Some of these might be why you have failed, or there might be other reasons?

I remember a few years ago the only New Years resolution I made was to be happy. Sounds simple doesn’t it? At the time being happy was very hard to do. That year was difficult, but my resolution was important to me, no one wants to be sad. Try and find something each day that makes you smile. It can be the simplest of things, but it just needs to make you smile.

The year 2019 is literally just around the corner. It may seem like a hurdle to get over 2018. Some of us have had a bad 365 days, some of us have limped over the line, others have sprinted to the finish line, we have lost family and friends and we have gained family and friends. Sometimes it is good to look back and realise what we have gone through and know that it has made us stronger. Hindsight is a fabulous thing, we all have something we wish we had done different. But if we hadn’t gone through it we wouldn’t be the people we are today.

So onwards to 2019, even if you haven’t made a goal, I am sure there are some things you want to achieve? Be that more travel, a pull up (my goal – same one for the last five years), make nutritious choices for ourselves, keep in touch with friends and family and be happy.

On that note, I wish you and yours a great 2019 and thanks for reading my blog. See you in the New Year.

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