It is the start of the new year and the biggest question many ask themselves is “what is my New Years resolution?” Many resolutions are set, but many fail to last longer than a Joss Whedon series. I stopped asking people about resolutions a long time ago. Instead, I like to ask what their goals are. What is the difference? You will find it mainly in the mindset people have when it comes to the words “resolution” and “goal.”

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Resolutions and the self-shaming that follows

Setting a resolution is stating an intention. It is easy to make one because there are no specific follow up actions tied to making such a statement. You can say that you resolve to lose 10 pounds of fat or gain 5 pound of muscle, but how will you get there? You can resolve to eat healthier or go on a diet, but for how long? What lasts longer than the resolution itself is the guilt or self-shaming that follows after haven’t started working on it. Say a friend asks how that diet is going and you’ve been consuming nothing but donuts (guilty) and holiday mochas with extra whip cream (also guilty). 1. You either lie to hide your shame and punish yourself later in the gym (Danger Will Robinson! Punishing workouts can lead to injury!) or 2. Openly admit you haven’t found the motivation/time/reason to start yet and tell your friend to never speak of it again. Why give yourself the grief? It’s less healthy than that donut.

FUN FACT: the Latin origin of resolution is esolutio-/resolution, from resolvere, meaning to "to loosen or dissolve again."

photo credit:  Marcin Wichary  via  photopin   cc

photo credit: Marcin Wichary via photopin cc

Goals and the measurable distance you will go

Setting a goal is making a commitment to reaching it. Once a goal is set you are now accountable to yourself for achieving it. Goals are also much easier to manage because you can track your progress and will give you less stress and anxiety about rushing to accomplish them. Say you have a goal to increase your endurance. You can lay out a 4-week plan of cardio and measure yourself at the 2-week and 4-week mark and see how long it takes to run a mile. Knowing that you need to measure your progress will give you the proper motivation to keep working towards your goal and not slip. It is like when a contestant on Jeopardy can’t seem to remember how to answer the questions properly. Alex Trebek would say, “Consistency is key.” After each session, no one can deny you of the feeling of accomplishment you get every time to work towards your goal. Having a plan is the key, rather than just the intention of doing it. Much better than fumbling over your own words and getting yelled at by Trebeck, yes?

When setting a goal remember to follow these guidelines.

1. Make it attainable: No one can tell you what you can and can’t do. Only you can know your limits. Set a goal you know you achieve within your own ability. Never measure yourself against anyone else because every person has a different structure and body composition and operates on a different wavelength. Goals that are custom built for you will always been within your reach. Getting a booty like Beyonce is damn near impossible. The powers that be only gifts one person in this world with that ass.

2. Make it measurable: Goals that are measurable keep you grounded and realistic. Want to be able to do 5 pushups in a row without breaking perfect form? Working on your form once a day and then testing yourself at the end of the week is a great way to measure progress. The beauty of measurable goals is that they are also flexible. Didn’t meet this week’s goal? Reevaluate your plan of attack and adjust where necessary.

3. Treat yo’self: Amazing! You reached your goal! Don’t forget to reward yourself for the progress you’ve made. But that doesn’t mean doing something destructive or harmful to all that work you did, just something that aides your self confidence, your mind or your body. High fives are extreme healthy and rewarding, though not personally endorsed.

 

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AuthorLizelle Din
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welcome to 2014, everyone! instead of resolutions this year, make goals. goals that are achievable but challenging. resolutions are meant to guilt us into doing things we know we already want to do. goals motivate us to do better by ourselves.

my goal on day one of the new year? hike up a mountain. 

8 miles round trip, 4,160 feet up.

8 miles round trip, 4,160 feet up.


stay tuned for new posts for the year, i promise to keep them exciting and loaded with hard work. cheers!

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AuthorLizelle Din
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My old speed coach used always ask us one question. 

"How many hours does it take to master a sport?"

He would always answer it with a number that seemed unreachable. But that's the point. You never stop putting in the hours. 

It is easy to set goals. But the act of reaching them is the hardest part. You have to commit. You have to put in the time. Even if it means saying you will put in 1 million hours into it. Rule #1 in goal setting is to set a goal that is attainable. But don't be afraid to set one more goal that is just beyond your reach. Why would someone do that to themselves? The constant feeling of failure or impossibility? Because then there is always something to fight for in order to master your craft.

Let's take this girl, Karen Cheng. She set a goal to learn to dance in a year. She started with no rhythm and no background. But she did it anyways. And now she knows how do dance. Really well. Why? Because she practiced every day. Not just once a day, but every moment she had the chance.

As an athlete, I think about strength training all the time. I would lunge my way from my desk to the water cooler at work. Do calf raises at the bus stop. Tighten my core while brushing my teeth. It's not that hard if you don't think about it as work you do in a singular moment of the day. If you shift your focus from the work itself, to the goal in mind, imagine how quickly the time will go by. 

So reach for that 1 million hours of practice. If my car can do 1 million miles, maybe it doesn't seem so far out of reach.

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