The first page of a fresh calendar year is symbolic of so many things in life. There are 365 blank squares before us, waiting to be filled. And before the pages get cluttered with school events and doctor's appointments, we have an opportunity to schedule something for ourselves first!
Our resolutions may be big or small, vague or deeply personal, but they all share one common fault: Without commitment and accountability they are just empty wishes, vanishing into the air. How are some people so successful in achieving their goals, while others never make it beyond posting their resolutions to Facebook?
I am not anti-resolution, but for some time I have taken up an issue with the inflated importance placed on the changes we wish to make... just once a year. In reality, it's winter, it's cold, and we are under the same time constraints with the same limited hours of daylight on January 2nd as we had on December 21st. It's easy to make really big plans for ourselves in the midst of winter break. But then we're thrown back into the mix, probably still feeling the effects of New Year's Eve, and wondering, "Wait, so just how am I going to do this?"
So while there is absolutely nothing wrong with making a New Year's Resolution, I want to help you re-think how you approach your goals. Because it's not enough to just say "I want to _____ in 2015," you need a plan with concrete steps to follow and complete at pre-determined intervals. It is the same approach I encourage clients to take when beginning or making a change to their workout routines, and can be implemented any time of year.
So get out a couple sheets of paper and something to write with to create your own Resolution Goal Sheet to help you determine what you want to do, and just how you are going to do it!
When you are used to spending so much time and energy on other people and things - family, career, your home - New Year's Resolutions are a great way to re- prioritize and take a moment to focus on you. Just remember that while talking about your resolution and sharing it via social media are great ways to garner encouragement, it will be equally important for you to reach out for support when you encounter a setback. Don't succumb to the trap of only sharing your best workouts or gym selfies. Reach out to others when you need help getting through those roadblocks!
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Best wishes to all of you for your 2015 and thank you for being a part of my fitness family!