This is an excerpt from my latest post for Home Your Way. You can read the entire post here.
In my late teens and 20s I was an athlete. I worked out a lot.
Eighteen workouts a week for 48-50 weeks of the year.
Most of the workouts were out on a lake rowing in a long skinny boat, but in the afternoons I would hit up the gym for weight training sessions.
I spent many years observing the annual cycle of gym goers.
December is a great time to be at the gym. It’s quiet. People are out celebrating and any thoughts of muscle burn or finally getting in shape get farther away with every indulgence in savory appetizers and late night out.
January is a terrible time to be at a gym. They’re packed. Classes are full. There are wait lists to get on treadmills.
Luckily by mid-February the New Year’s Resolution crowd has thinned out. By late spring most of them are gone.
Why do all those gym goers fail at their resolution to get in shape?
Because they made a vague resolution instead of setting a goal and creating habits to achieve the goal. They resolved to “get in shape” or maybe even “go to the gym three times a week” and eventually the snooze button won out over their will power. There was no goal like do 100 burpies without stopping or ten full push-ups or finish the endurance spin class without having to take a break, to keep them motivated and working hard.
Resolutions rarely work. Setting a goal however, one that creates a new habit in your life, does.
Resolutions vs. Habit Forming Goal
What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal?