Dear Gym Memberships,
New Year’s Resolutions
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i am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.
really sharideth? i totally didn’t pick that up from your opener. thanks for clearing that up. *sarcastic font*
maybe you love them and they’ve worked out really well for you. awesome. good for you. *nonsarcastic font* if that’s the case, i’d love to hear about it in the comments.
for me and most people i know, they don’t work. ever. e.v.e.r.r.r.r.r.r.r.r.r.
do i want to drop 20 pounds? yes. do i want to get my book finished? yes. do i want to make sure Craig has clean socks everyday? yes.
but i don’t need to make some arbitrary resolution to see those things get done.
i need to set goals.
in my world, sometimes those goals are on a day by day basis. like today. my goals are to stay below 20 grams of carbs, clean my house from top to bottom and buy a 9 volt battery.
if i don’t manage to get that accomplished, i’m going to get up tomorrow and try again.
but sharideth, what’s the difference between a goal and a resolution?
eight letters* and how it makes you feel when you don’t get it 100% right.
the moment you miss the mark on a resolution, you feel like a failure and the resolution is over. with a goal, that’s just a set back. it’s mental. one is devastating, the other can be mobilizing.
am i good at goals? no. not even a little bit.
i use to be. i use to be real good at goals. which makes the me i’ve become very frustrating to everyone including myself. so one of my goals this year is to become better at goals.
yeah, i know. bare with me.
i’ve set my goal for today and it’s completely doable. i have a date in mind i want that 20 pounds gone by because i’m going to meet some people who i would like to remember me for something other than my double chin. i can take my first step to get there right now. no waiting for January 1st, no big hype, no big pressure. just a decision.
if i fail today, then i’m going to go for it again tomorrow instead of thinking, “welp, i blew it already. guess that resolution is a bust and i’ll punish myself by letting the gym continue to withdraw automatic payments even if i never go.”
this is all making sense in my head, but i’m not sure i’m communicating it very well to you….
i guess my ramblings amount to this:
1. don’t set yourself up for failure.
2. accomplish something today.
3. set a date for a bigger accomplishment and circle the crap out of it on a calendar.
resolutions be damned. i’m off to buy a 9 volt battery.
do you set New Years’s resolutions?
have you ever succeeded with one or more?
what is THE one thing you’d like accomplish this year?
do you have a plan to get it done?
*it’s only 6 letters if you allow for the fact that those words share an “o” and an “l”.