The recent Vancouver weather, cold & sunny, allowed me to indulge in mid-morning walks. Totally unplugged, I ventured out to reflect on conversations with friends and family around the topic of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Tid bits caught from media reports have weighed in on my reflections too.
Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. The New Year signifies a new begining, a fresh start – out with the old and in with the new. Sometimes these resolutions are made in haste because clothes are just not fitting like they use to, a month ago.
Making New Year’s resolutions gives us hope and instills immediate motivation. And, motivation gives us positive energy. So yes making New Year’s resolution(s) is a good thing. However, the issue seems to be more in defining the resolution rather than simply stating or making the resolution.
For instance, I was back at the gym early this morning (Yes, yes, me too). As I was leaving (after a completed workout, thank-you very much), the cubby holes where we stash our stuff were full. A member turned to me and said, “OMG – the place is full, I have never seen it like this!” I laughed and said, “Blame it on New Year’s Resolutions.” She smiled and replied, “Right, it should be back to normal in a week or two max.” We both laughed as did a few others in the immediate vicinity.
Research shows that over 90% of us make New Year’s Resolutions yet only 12% of us can register success one year later. In other words, the gyms will be emptier two weeks from now.
How Come? Well, for many people the purpose of the resolution is not fully clarified and the goals to attain the resolution are not properly planned out.
My resolution is to strengthen my core in order to prevent injury when I skate-ski and play golf. The vision I have is that of a stronger ‘me’, engaging in the activities that I like with less effort, better performance and minimizing risk of injury. Therefore, my trips to the gym to follow a specific program is not because I love gym work (I don’t). I go to achieve my desired resolution i.e. stronger physically in the activities that I enjoy.
Happy New Year Everyone!