New Years Resolutions, Good or Evil?

Posted January 15th, 2013 by Lisa. Comment (0).

Every year I think about my resolutions and wonder. Is this a good idea or just a waste of time? Welp, What do you think? Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?

Here’s what I think…. You be the judge

Pros:

It gets you thinking about how you can improve. You are critical of yourself all year long but this first week of January just gives them a name… “Resolutions”

You share them with others. If you have good enough friends they will hold you to your resolutions and harass you (in a nice way) so that you stay on track.

If you follow through you really will be happier. Depending on what your goal is and how you go about it you could very well achieve your goals and be a happy camper!

Cons:

They usually only last a few days (weeks if you’re lucky). How many times have you set a “resolution” and after a week or so given up? Eat more veggies, go to the gym more, get more organized, make a budget… sound familiar? Yep, me too. But after you have put a good amount of time towards it you’ve gotten bored and found other things you can do with your precious time.

The goals are usually unrealistic. “I will go to the gym EVERYDAY”Okay, really? Are you really going to go every single day? What happens when you get too busy and miss a day? Are you going to just give up? It’s likely.

If you do not achieve your goal you may get down on yourself. Failing at your resolution could end in even lower self-esteem (especially if it is fitness or nutrition related) and less motivation to get back on track. It’s a vicious cycle.

So what’s the next step? Set SMART Goals

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timely

 

Specific. Have a plan for what to do at the gym. Instead of saying you’ll go to the gym EVERY day. Shoot for a more attainable goal of 4-5 times a week. In order to be measurable you could make a check on your calendar every day that you do it. That way you can look back at the days and know how many weeks you met your goal. Relevant.Figure out WHY you want to reach that goal. Do you want to look better? Feel better? Want your clothes to fit better? Want to look better for your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife etc? Want to be able to run a 5K? WHAT IS IT? Write it somewhere and post is somewhere that you’ll see if often that way you will remember that it IS indeed important to you. Timely. After each month go through your calendar and see how many weeks you met your 4-5 times a week gym date goal. Give yourself a reward. A new piece of workout clothes, new socks, a massage, manicure, or whatever gets you revved up for the next week or month!

Okay, off my soap box. What are my resolutions, you may be wondering.

Read one book each month (any recommendations?)

Run outside 3 times a week for the rest of winter (the 5K on New Year’s got me super motivated!)

Stay in touch with friends better

Write more handwritten letters

 

**The last two are not very S.M.A.R.T. but I will work on a plan for those two

Happy New Years!!!

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