By: Michael Simmer BS, CSCS, LMT, FST
We have all been here before, the start of a new year which means new years resolution time! Now the idea behind setting new years resolution is good, we are encouraging ourselves and others to pursue something that is of a vested interest to us/them. This could be to quit smoking, sleep better, find more family and of course the gold standard of resolutions Get Healthy! How many of us have either ourselves or have someone we know that posted on any social media account about, this is the year I get healthy #newyearnewme👍😘🦄. It’s a great resolution don’t get me wrong, but how many times have you set it? How many years in a row is it now that “this” is the year? I am not here to bash anyone for setting the resolution to get healthy, there is a reason that it is the most common one set, but I want to share some reasons why your resolutions tend to fail with hopes that this year really will be the year!
- It is Unrealistic: Most of the time when we set ourselves a resolution what we are really doing is creating a goal for ourselves. When we set goals, we want them to be “SMART” goals, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timed. When the resolution set is to lose 50 pounds by February all you are doing is setting yourself up for failure. Even ones that seem more specific, like I want to go to the gym 5x/week, I mean really? You made it in 1 time every other month last year, now you will make 5x/week? When it comes to setting a goal or a resolution, we need to set realistic terms, start small to build to the ultimate goal.
- It is Unspecific: Lets look at what is said to be the most common resolution “I want to get healthy” Ok well what does that mean? Losing weight? Gaining muscle? Dropping Body Fat? Running more? Do a marathon? Eating Better? A blanket statement like I want to get healthy is so broad and has some many different avenues to go down that you can easily get lost along the way or you can easily give yourself a quick out card. I want to get heathy, now you walk an extra 10 minutes every day I mean technically yea that is healthier then last year. Again, back to our SMART goal setting, instead of being healthier we need to have something that is more tangible to work towards.
- You Don’t believe in yourself: If this is the 3rd, 8th, 11th year in a row you have set the same resolution there is a reason for that, it is because you failed in all the previous years, so what will make this any different? I want to get healthy, and then the first party, event, or dinner comes along, and boom forget that maybe next year. This is directly tied to the previous 2 reasons, it is much easier to give up on a general resolution, but if we set smaller goals along the way we can build our own positive reinforcement, if you don’t think you can do it, you are already defeated.
- Doing it Alone: Going at things by yourself can make things that much harder and can make it that much easier to give it up. When we surround ourselves with a strong support system then we have a much higher rate at succeeding. If your goal is to lose weight and you walk into a gym not knowing anyone or where to start it can become intimidating and will become another wall in your journey toward completing your goal, but if you join up with friends or find yourself a coach and a strong culture you can overcome that wall, this is why I also believe that if you have a friend that has been talking about getting healthy this year take it upon yourself to invite them to work out with you become their support system and in return you just made your system stronger.
- Not having a plan: I want to get healthy! Ok but how? What are you going to do different this year then last year? Did you try doing it on your own last year? And you plan on that same plan this year? Well you’re going to fail again. You want to lose weight? Ok what steps are you going to take? Eat better! Again, how do you plan to make that happen? My point is the best way to reach your goals is to have an action plan, something you can look at to help keep you on the correct path and not give up. This is where having a knowledgeable coach can come in handy! We can create that action plan and keep you accountable. All resolutions will take time to complete, that’s why we set them at the beginning of the year, having a proper plan in place will help with the time management part of our resolution.
Now you know why your resolution(s) will fail, now what are you going to do to stop that from happening? I just gave you the ultimate cheat book to ace this year’s resolution, but it is up to you to use it, no more excuses, no more wait for next year. This is YOUR year and we want to help make it that way! Come in for a Kickstart today!