What we need is a revolutionary change in ourselves and our thinking! Resolutions are like bigger picture goals, if there is no plan on achieving them, and if we do not make real substantial changes to our core beings then how are we ever going to achieve them?
I then though of the goals I had set for myself in 2011 to work towards this year. The truth is that I accomplished a good portion of what I set out to do only falling short in the reading goal which, considering the year that I had, is not bad at all.
2012 Goals in Review
Result: ACCOMPLISHED! I went whole foods plant strong (essentially vegan with the exception of honey, silk, leather, etc.) and dedicated myself to training not just putting in time. The pounds melted away. I ended up losing 50# in my journey to Ironman from November 2011 to November 2012. Not too shabby, and the best thing is that the habits that I have build will be with me until I decide to change them.
Goal: I wanted to take up stand up paddle boarding this year in addition to continuing to add rock wall climbing and yoga into my training as cross training activities to spend more time with Mike.
Result: ACCOMPLISHED! I SUP'd in Florida this year, did not make it to rock wall climbing, but definitely made it back to yoga and have been really good at spending time with Mike and friends.
Goal: Work out my mind by reading 12 books (last year I read 12 in the first three months!)
Result: NOT ACCOMPLISHED. I fell very short of this, and ready only around half. I am coloring this orange and not red, because I at least made an effort to read more than normal, training for an Ironman limited my time available for sure.
While I may have or have not achieved specific goals, my habits definitely changed for the better. I read more now than I did before 2012. I weigh much less and am still losing weight and gaining strength due to those lifestyle changes that I made, and I am still excited to try new things and go back to the things that I love as opposed to sitting on the couch eating cheesy-poofs.
I made real substantial changes in my lifestyle that are continuing to reward me every day. I am actually surprised that I have not gone back to old habits; I have ingrained these new habits into my life. So now on to 2013... what are some things that I want to start developing in 2013 to help me along in this journey?
Selfishly one of my top goals is to become a faster/stronger runner. What will I need to do in order to achieve this goal?
In order to be able and willing to be a morning exerciser, I have to become a morning person. This means that I will need to develop the habit of the weekly planning of meals, training, and social activities to assure that I can get to bed at a decent hour in order to sleep enough hours and get up early enough to work out.
Part II of this also means that I need to learn to deal with stress better. Yoga and meditation are going to be musts going forward.
See how this one simple goal actually involves my entire lifestyle? If I want to achieve it then I have to have the lifestyle to make it happen. Change rarely happens in a vacuum. Obviously some habits will help achieve multiple goals. If we look at it as habits being the building blocks of our lifestyle foundation, goals draw upon this foundation to become realized. The stronger the foundation the better the chances of goals being attained.
So how do you all approach goals and resolutions? Do you map them out as a plan to achieve them, or do you find yourself making the same resolutions and the same resistance to changing the things needed to be changed in order to fully achieve them?
My goals for 2013
After you have your list note the longer-term (possibly even life-long) habits that need to be developed, strengthened, or continued to make it work. .
After that, write down the reason that these habits will support your goal. If you find that you cannot make the connection then you are looking at either the wrong habits or the wrong goal.
There is definitely a time and a place for time sensitive goals; I think that if we make the connection between resolutions, goals and habits we will be more successful in the new year (and every year), since we will be moving forward and not just across a checklist of finite to-do's.
#RWRunStreak update:Going strong and today's mile was just under 9:15 for 1 mile! Last night's 4 mile run was sub 10 minute miles as well... I feel a change a coming! A hard earned and worth working for change.