No Resolutions for Me!
Posted on January 3rd, 2016
It’s the new year and my resolution is to not make resolutions. Crazy, huh? That doesn’t mean I don’t want to change things in my life nor does it mean I don’t want to try new things but resolutions without action mean nothing. Instead, I want to focus on achieving some measurable goals today, tomorrow, this week, this month, and this year.
We can talk about goals and goal setting for days but let’s just focus on a few things. Many people approach the goal setting process without really defining what the goal is. You might want to run a faster 5K this year. What does that mean for you? Management guru Peter Drucker is credited with first using the SMART acronym to talk about goals. Goals should be:
Try taking that list of goals and resolutions and define them using the SMART process. Also, restate your goals as statement. Your process might look something like this.
Specific and Measurable
I will run a 5K in less than 26 minutes.
Currently your PR in a 5K is 30 minutes and you’ve been running for two years. Getting under 26 may not be achievable in the short term so let’s redefine the goal. You can always define the goal again in the future.
I will run a 5K in less than 28 minutes.
Here’s where motivation comes in to play. Why do you want to PR in the 5K? For many runners, the focus on the clock can keep them going out every week and running.
I will run a 5K in less than 28 minutes because the training keeps me motivated and focused in continuing to run. I believe regular exercise is a key in maintaining a healthy body.
When are you going to do this? It’s a 2016 resolution so you’re giving yourself the next 360 days to get it done. With this goal, we can choose a specific race on the local race calendar. This will help to structure the training it takes to get to the race.
I will run a 5K in less than 28 minutes at the Bulldog Breakaway
on May 19, 2016. The training keeps me motivated and focused in continuing to run. I believe regular exercise is a key in maintaining a healthy body.
One more key to achieving your goals might be accountability. Tell somebody what your goal is and set up some milestones. Some people blog about their fitness goals. Others tell just a few people. For you, it may just mean writing them down and then measuring your progress over the next year.
Americans are great at setting resolutions but we’re not great at keeping them. We get overwhelmed. We don’t check in on our goals. We don’t ask others to check in with us. We set ourselves for failure by making unrealistic expectations for ourselves.
I think we fall short on making resolutions a reality because we simply don’t invest the time in making them happen. We have tons of leisure time but we binge on Netflix, head out of town for every home football game, and Like and Share far too often. Simply by redirecting some regular, small chunks of time to our goals, we move items from the To-Do list to the Done list.
What are some of your goals for this year?