03 January 2007

Two posts in one day, get a life.

I've been reading a lot of blogs these last few days and I just have to comment.

So many people say they don't make resolutions. I say bull. Maybe you don't make them on Jan 1 but most of us, most of the time, are making plans and goals. Particularly those of us who participate in sports. I am constantly reading that someone has a goal of this pace and will be training in X way to meet that goal. Wanting to meet a goal and laying down a plan is a resolution and Jan 1 is as good a time as any to do it.

I've also read people saying that by resolving to do better this year must mean you're beating yourself up for last year. I don't agree. I did okay last year. This year I want to do better. That's not beating myself, that's trying to improve myself and I think that's a good thing to do anytime, why not on Jan 1???

I've also read a lot how resolutions are doomed to failure. Now that I can agree with if it's a resolution that was made at 11:59 on 12/31. If you've actually taken the time to reflect on the previous year and figure out what you want to work on and lay out a plan, resolutions definitely have a chance for success.

I think I've mentioned this before, but I love new beginnings. When I set a new start I don't look back, I only look forward. I love this time of year. I absolutely love Jan 1 and the newness of it all. It's like a canvas with nothing on it. I have an entire year to paint the picture I want.

I think people have given Jan 1 a bad name. It's a great time to start something new. A perfect time to implement changes in your life. How often has you said, Oh, I'll do that when things settle down. You know they will never settle down so why not pick a start date of Jan 1??? Makes perfect sense to me.

Anyway, I've just read so much of people slamming Jan 1 and resolutions and I really needed to say something. The truth of the matter is that it's all in how you view things. I can't change what you say or how you say, but I can change how I react to it.


Vickie said...

Well I don't make any specific "resolutions" so to speak. I do make goals and plans. Those in and of themselves are a resolution to continue on with last year's training and continual progress to get to a new level. From the new level, comes new goals. A continuous cycle if we don't break it. Its always good though to reflect on the year past and the upcoming year to see what changes we want to make in our lives to better ourselves.

Shelly said...

I think you are right-- fitness minded folks are constantly making plans to achieve goals. What better time to re-evaluate than Jan 1! As an east coast person, this is the perfect time to lay down some plans for training thru the winter to get ready for the spring season. Failure to plan is a plan for failure, I have been told. And I believe it.

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