Earlier this week I attended a BodyPump class and while we were getting our weights set up the instructor asked if anyone made resolutions for the New Year. Just like a class of nervous elementary students, everyone stopped what they were doing, faced the front of the room, and stared at her with a blank face. No one raised their hand. A minute later she said “Good! Don’t!” She continued to explain how as a personal trainer her schedule becomes flooded with new clients in January, but as the weeks go on her availability grows and her client list shrinks.
That was my “ah-ha” moment so to speak. We all hear/read about people’s grand resolutions to do more of X and less of Y. But as soon as things get tough they wave the white flag and throw their resolutions out the window. I’m guilty of doing it myself… I’ve worked hard for a few weeks, felt proud of myself, shared my successes with whoever would listen, but as soon as I experienced my first failure I gave up.
This year I’m taking a different approach. I’m not making resolutions, rather I’m setting goals. Realistic goals. Goals that I can work towards throughout the year and hold myself accountable for. I’m reminding myself that failure is oftentimes the first step towards success.
Some goals are just one or two words so they may not make sense to anyone but me, but trust me when I say that I chose each goal for a reason – reasons that I’ll share later, otherwise this post would be a mile long.
It’s a total of 14 goals. I didn’t plan to make a list of 14 to match the year, it just worked out that way. Maybe it’s a sign? Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it? Regardless, in 2014 I will make it happen.
Question: Did you make any resolutions? Or goals?
Question: How do you hold yourself accountable?