Every year people make resolutions to do or not do something.
But so many people fail!
What is the solution?
Is there a solution?
First lets look at the facts
“Based on the study, attempting to start anew by making a new year’s weight loss resolution is ill-recommended as it is a pointless exercise which only leaves you even less inclined to actually follow through with your weight loss goals. The final results of the study showed that less than 20% of the subjects were able to follow through with their new year’s resolutions.” http://www.relationshippsychology.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-resolution-success-rate
I understand this is just one study but from experience most new years resolutions just do not last.
Although I could delve into great detail on all the reasons why they do not work instead lets focus on how they can work.
1. Make them into new years goals not resolutions.
Resolutions make it seem like you have to give something up. Instead lets turn the resolution into a goal. When it comes to goals they should be written down, challenging, rewarding, and have a plan. By writing it down the chance of success skyrockets alone.
“Study 1 According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t.
Lets face it when it comes to challenging goals and reaching them we all need help. Accountability makes a person more likely to succeed for several different reasons. The more accountable a person is to a group or to another person the more likely they are to succeed at a goal.
So many people set new years resolutions but have no real plan. Without a plan it just will not work. Just by saying something or half heartidly trying something will not work. This is especially true when it comes to challenging goals such as starting and running a business, losing fat and keeping it off, or quitting smoking. These are just three examples but any goal should have an action plan of things that need to be reach the goal and in many cases a new goal will need to be made.
So there you have how to make your goals stick for the new year.
I want to help so comment your new years goal or goals below.
1. Gyms and health clubs around America will be packed. A very small percentage of people will have improved by 2014. Here is one example “73 percent give up on their goals to lose weight, get fit or train for an event within six weeks, according to a new study from Harris Interactive and Bodybuilding.com.” (http://www.mensfitness.com/training/will-you-keep-your-fitness-resolution)
I am not sure about you but I absolutely love the Olympics.
I had the opportunity to train a few former Olympic Athletes and here are some things I learned from them and from watching the Olympics.
1) The Law of Action
When it comes to results in life a person can learn all they want and never achieve anything.
You can want, wish, and hope but without action nothing will happen.
For example, Michael Phelps said he did not train to his potential. He might not be able to achieve his goals because he did not work as hard as he could. The truth of the matter is genetics is really over rated. I have never seen a baby do a black flip, jump, lift or do any of that stuff when they are born. I have asked my daughter (on the left) to do flips it does not work:)
So what we learn is that it takes action, to achieve anything worthwhile!
2. The Law of Faith/Belief
Nobody goes into wanting to lose or thinking they have no chance of winning.
The first step that helps people take action is belief.
They shoot for the gold, work for the gold but first they believe they can get to the olympics and even win the gold.
This happens with fitness goals all the time.
A person does not truly believe they can reach a goal so they never really work at it.
We can learn that we must first believe before we can ever achieve anything!
3. The Law of Specific Training
When it comes to any training for a goal a person must be very detailed and specific.
A triathelete and a gymnast will and should train very different.
The details are super important and the abilities are very different.
A gymnast is not going to win in a triathlon and the reverse is also true.
So the first step is figuring out a goal then training specifically for it.
4. The Law of Discipline
There are times that Olympians do not want to train but they train anyways.
They have to sacrifice so many things to become great.
They have to be disciplined in work ethic, nutrition, training times, and routine.
We learn that discipline is the crucial ingredient to reaching any goal.
5. The Law of Constant Improvement
My wife and I were discussing what do olympic gold medalists do after they win or after they break a new record.
She says they try to beat their last record.
I totally agree that they are never truly satisfied with their results they are always trying to get better and that is what makes them unique.
They always want to improve from where they are to where they want to go.
What we learn is that somebody who improves gradually and constantly will always beat the person who becomes complacent and content with their results.
6. The Law of Individual Team Work
The saying “a team is only as weak as its weakest link” is always true.
For a team to be better an individual has to get better.
Individuals should get better for themselves and for the team.
I will never forget my college basketball days when I sat on the bench.
Sitting on the bench is something I was not very good at so I worked as hard as I could.
Years later talking to a former teammate he said that it was us that made them better… that pushed them to become better. It is nice to have an individual goal yet have the team support to become better than you could on your own.
What we learn is that we can help more people including ourselves when we become our absolute best!
7. The Law of Failure
I am a perfectionist in many areas and that can be very bad because it can stop me from trying.
The rule is if you are not failing at something you are not trying…. I totally agree.
When it comes to the Olympics so many of these athletes started very young.
Tears of failure from falling, missing that jump, making mistakes are the only way to get to the success of getting to the Olympics.
Jerry Barca: “There is a gap between people that are really good and people who are extraordinary. One of the things that seem to always stand out is that people at the extraordinary level have a different relationship with failure, mainly they’re not phased or stopped by it.”
Dan Jansen: “That’s one of the reasons I ended up winning in the end. It is because I was never afraid to fail. The worst thing, and I always hear — quote —successful people say it is “Oh, my fear of failure is what drives me.” I don’t believe that. You may not like to get beat. But if you’re successful, you’re not afraid to fail because you can’t be. You’ve got to be innovative sometimes. You’ve got to take risks sometimes. People who are truly successful — they may say they’re afraid to fail, but more so it’s a dislike of failure.” http://plimptonmovie.com/updates/dan-jansen-success-failure-and-olympic-gold
What we learn is to learn from failure, get better, and keep going no matter what.
All this can be used to develop a any training goal.
You probably are not training for the Olympics but no matter your goal these points might help