If you are on social media at all, or even just living, you
will notice that a lot of people are talking about New Years resolutions. At our
Crossfit box this morning the ice breaker question was “what is your
resolution?” Over two thirds of the responses were, I don’t have one. There
weren’t any reasons given for why the individual didn’t have one. So I’m going
to take a guess at some of the reasons why….
- I’ve tried before and never succeeded, and I don’t
want to fail again.
- I don’t want to share with you as you will hold me
- My resolution might sound silly compared to
- If your reason isn’t above then put your own reason
As we know, the normal resolutions are, lose weight, give up
smoking, drink less or not at all, exercise more, spend more time with the
family, be kinder to myself, eat less cake, achieve more at the gym etc, etc..
According to Wikipedia (the source of all truth – not quite,
but will do for this blog) …
“The most common
reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting
themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their
progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed
they made too many resolutions.
I would like to propose some questions to you on why you
fail. Did you choose wisely? Is it something that you can do? Have you chunked
it out into smaller goals? Are you invested in yourself to achieve? Have you
removed all the roadblocks that could stop you achieving? Have you a support
crew that will help you achieve? Why did you choose that goal? i.e. was it for
you or for someone else? Do you really need to achieve it – will the world stop
if you don’t? What could happen if you did achieve it? How would your life be different
from now? Food for thought eh? Some of these might be why you have failed, or
there might be other reasons?
I remember a few years ago the only New Years resolution I made
was to be happy. Sounds simple doesn’t it? At the time being happy was very
hard to do. That year was difficult, but my resolution was important to me, no
one wants to be sad. Try and find something each day that makes you smile. It
can be the simplest of things, but it just needs to make you smile.
The year 2019 is literally just around the corner. It may seem
like a hurdle to get over 2018. Some of us have had a bad 365 days, some of us
have limped over the line, others have sprinted to the finish line, we have lost
family and friends and we have gained family and friends. Sometimes it is good
to look back and realise what we have gone through and know that it has made us
stronger. Hindsight is a fabulous thing, we all have something we wish we had
done different. But if we hadn’t gone through it we wouldn’t be the people we
So onwards to 2019, even if you haven’t made a goal, I am
sure there are some things you want to achieve? Be that more travel, a pull up
(my goal – same one for the last five years), make nutritious choices for
ourselves, keep in touch with friends and family and be happy.
On that note, I wish you and yours a great 2019 and thanks for reading my blog. See you in the New Year.