Resolutions? Let’s take a look at the true meaning and find out exactly what a resolution is according to Mr. Webster himself. A resolution is simply “a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.”
More often that not we associate resolution with the annual time of year where most people “resolve” to make some changes in their lives: to floss more, to read more books, and the most popular, to lose those extra few pounds. This line of thinking confuses me as I have a hard time trying to find the word change or commitment anywhere in the definition of resolution.
Resolution is simply the thought process that goes along with making a decision! We make resolutions to bring about changes in our lives all the time when we decide to take out the trash, take the scenic route home from church, or try that new dish that your neighbor brought to the summer BBQ. Essentially, a resolution is simply the idea or initial commitment to bring about change in your life and needs extra thought and planning to implement actions that achieve results.
Let’s examine some reasoning behind why our resolutions just don’t pan out in the long run. In terms of health and fitness, our resolution to lose weight and exercise more are great in the base layer of how we make changes. But unfortunately, the roadmap we follow is not one that promotes success.
Starting an exercise program with no help and little direction from a professional is equivalent to making the assumption that you can begin to fix problems with your automobile with no mechanical experience. I would never decide to fix a leaky head gasket on a car just because I set out to save some money in 2011. So why do people begin the new year with so much excitement and motivation to lose weight without consulting with the mechanic of the human body?……..(a personal trainer)
Hopefully your seeing my point here, that most resolutions are doomed to fail before they begin due to the obvious fact that we don’t take the preparation necessary to facilitate results. Too often we are comfortable with walking blindly down the road without knowing or even forecasting where this change may take us. In order for us to be successful at creating lifelong changes we must first do our homework and determine the level of commitment this will take and the potential mountains we will have to climb along the way.
Please don’t assume I’m instructing my clients to give up the resolutions, as I’m not advocating this at all. What I’m talking about here is that we must make a plan to set in motion along with the resolution to promote accountability and results. As I’ve stated before, consistency equals results so please lay the groundwork for the change you want to see in your life.
I understand that knowing what to expect can be difficult but I also believe that consistently making resolutions to only fail and become discouraged is unproductive as well.
It’s important for our long-term success that we plan well and set our program in motion with the highest chance we can remain positive and keep our motivation at a high level.
This year I’m encouraging everyone to ditch the traditional and dated practice of resolutions and commit to planning and implementing real life-long changes. Plan out your journey and envision what your destination looks like. Take the needed time to adjust your expectations and understand that there are going to be mountains to climb along the way.
You, like others who have gone before you can be successful long term, but first you must skip the resolution and commit to the solution.
Here’s to a fitter tomorrow and 2011.—–> R’s
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” -Benjamin Franklin