January 1, 2020
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Resolutions: Are They Real?
A few years ago, my wife told me the homily at church on New Year's Day was about making resolutions and the difference between true resolve and wishful thinking. Briefly, a serious resolution must be specific and, of course, truly committed to; otherwise, it is only wishful thinking.
As she explained the homily in more detail, I was reminded of Bill Phillips’ formula for resolve and goal setting in his best selling book, Body for Life. He advised . . .
- Setting a realistic, attainable goal.
- Writing it down.
- Setting a deadline for reaching that goal.
- Setting weekly short-term goals that incrementally get you to your long-term goal.
My own suggestions, similar to his, follow:
Keep a fitness notebook to provide order and efficiency to your workouts and your life. A simple three-ring binder with some index tabs work fine. Keep it simple, but keep it current.
Title for first section ‘Goals.’ On page one,
write out what you want to accomplish, and when you intend to do it. I will lose 100-lbs. of fat in 100 days and win a weightlifting contest, isn’t serious. But, I will lose 20-lbs. over the next 90 days, for example, is a realistic attainable goal for a determined person. Be sure to set an exact date you intend to reach your goal. Now, you’ve really got something to work toward.
The second step is to set short-term goals. Don’t overlook this part. You reach major objectives by incrementally reaching smaller ones. Many people set new short-term goals at the beginning of each week (I will lose 2-lbs. by next Sunday, for example). If you have trouble staying focused, setting new goals every week is a good way to stay on track. At the end of each week you can say “I did it!” and feel a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.
Some people even tape their goals list on a mirror or wall so they see them every day. If it helps, do it. Whenever you reach a short-term goal, check
it off the list, and write in the actual date you reached it. Incrementally, you are closing in on your long-term goal. Once you reach a long-term goal, set a new one. Keep repeating the process. Structured goal setting is a “secret” of many successful people.”
Without a plan, what many people call a resolution amounts to nothing more than an unfulfilled dream. A fantasy.
So now it’s New Year’s Day. Do you plan on making a resolution about your fitness (or anything else)? Being honest, we all know that most people's New Year's resolutions slowly — or sometimes quickly — fade away, never fulfilled. Don’t let that discourage you. You don't have to be "most people." Genuinely serious and determined people, find success. With a realistic goal and a plan and resolve, amazing things happen.
Apply the formula and watch it work its magic.
Discover the workout information you’ll need to make a serious fitness resolution right here.
Happy New Year!
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