Will Your New Year Resolution Last Through Valentine's Day?

Probably not...

December 20, 2018

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With ten days left in 2018 I thought I'd dedicate my #ThursdayThought to New Year Resolutions.

Most will fail by Valentine’s Day, and I think that's a major bummer. The famed 80/20 ratio is going in the wrong direction on this one...

I believe there are two big areas where people go wrong year after year. (Eventually do they become Not-So-New Year’s Resolutions?) The first is setting goals that are way too ambitious, usually well-intentioned as "motivating". The second is setting goals that are all about an outcome, rather than the process. I’m all for setting goals, but you gotta be smart about it.

It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to get real strong or lose a bunch of weight. Instead I would set goals that are more attainable and can be added to. If you’re at zero workouts a week, make the goal ONE workout per week, instead of five! You can still do five, but you won’t be beating yourself up when you get four. These same numbers also apply to daily vegetable servings.

It’s also easy to get caught up in wanting to get real strong or lose a bunch of weight- all at once. Instead I would set goals that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. I hear VERY unrealistic weight loss and strength goals regularly... It’s not the idea of losing 100 lbs on the scale, or adding 100 lbs to the bar for your deadlift, that is unrealistic. It’s the amount of time people think it will take.

Summer 2020 (and beyond!) is wayyy more important than Summer 2019 when considering long-term goals. This stuff is for life. What's the rush?

I hope Down With The Fitness will help you accomplish any resolutions you set for 2019. Before I do my part to make that happen, just be real about where you’re at right now, and don’t rush the process.

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Matt Koch