Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Resolutions Anyone?

So, did you make a resolution waaaayyyy back in January?  I never do, but it's a very popular thing to do.  Most people don't come anywhere close to accomplishing their resolutions.  A very common resolution is to lose weight.  Did you ever go to a YMCA in January? They are packed!!!  Go back in March.  Not quite so busy is it?  Another common one, to give up smoking.  As a former smoker I can assure you this is very difficult and most people will not succeed.  Why do people give up on their resolutions?  I don't know.  I am not sure it is giving up as much as it is just plain failure.  Why do we always fail? Why do we set the bar so high?  I think we need to learn to break things down into manageable goals.
Ambition is an amazing thing, but like everything else, you have to channel it.  You can't get to the top of the mountain without putting one foot in front of the other.  You can't lose 20 pounds all at once.
Also don't make broad resolutions.  I am going to exercise more this year is probably not going to work.  How about trying, I am going to exercise once a week for the month of January, then twice a week for the month of February, and so on.  Don't try to do too much too quickly.  You will become overwhelmed and quit.  We get so motivated we burn out.  Pace yourselves people!
If you have given up and forgotten all about that resolution - you still have time.  Try again!  Don't give up!  It is never too late to start over. You still have thirty days.  How great would it feel to get to January 2011 and still be working on your resolution?!