Goals, resolutions, commitments. We all have set them at one time or another in our lives. I remember when I had a gym membership how ridiculously full the parking lots got every January, only to be thinned out by the second week of February. You hear the stats on how often new years resolutions fall to the wayside so quickly. We have all gotten frustrated as weight hasn’t dropped off, or not been able to run or bike as far as we would like, or lift the weight and developed the physique we wanted to.
So what do so many of us do? We quit. Why? Because it’s easy. Easy to throw up our hands, make excuses, say “well, most people fail at resolutions, so I don’t feel as bad”.
I am VERY guilty of this. I can’t tell you how many years I have tapped out by mid February.
I have been thinking long and hard about goals for 2019. I have come up with a short list of them. I won’t share them all here, but I can and will share a couple.
- Run. I want to run at least six(6) races/events this year. As I mentioned in recent posts, my nephew has really started to take a liking to running, so my goal is to be able to run a 10K strong with him, not a 30%run/70%walk but a STRONG run. This will take dedication to train. I have found it much easier to train when you are registered for events, so I believe the secret to achieving this goal is to register for events throughout the year, time to check the Renegade racing calendar!!!
- Write. I really enjoy writing. I promise I do. So what makes me come to a complete stop? I get on these tears where I write for a week or two then I come to screeching halt. When I was in Arizona for family earlier this month, a few people told me they really enjoy the blog and say they go on just to see if there is new content. That alone should be enough motivation to write, or you would think. I also feel better when I write. I suppose it is because I am able to get more out of my head. SO here is my goal. 104 blog posts in 2019. That is writing twice a week. If I start a short series, I could bust out five in a week (ok, lets not get too crazy, lets just shoot for 104).
- The classic “get healthier”. this one is tough. but having a 6 (soon to be 7) year old is the motivation I need. Recently we were all watching something on television when the little guy said “that character is fat, like daddy” !!!!GUT PUNCH!!!! I don’t want to be the fat dad anymore. I already have cornered the market on the old dad. this makes it even more difficult. So my goal is to make small well planned steps to get healthier, slimmer and fitter. He is only going to get faster and stronger and I don’t want to be the dad who everyone has to wait on to catch up.
I feel that most people attack goals and resolutions in the wrong way. They go “all in”. We live in an instant gratification society, where we want it and we want it now. Very often they burn themselves out and sometimes do much more harm than good. this ‘fast food’ culture drives us away from planning and puts success that much further away.
If I plan this right, take small steps rather than dive directly into the deep end, I have a much better chance of achieving everything I set out for, and will make 2019 the best year so far.
Have you made any resolutions/goals for 2019? Are you still on track for them even though we are still so early in the year? Share them in the comments section.