New Year... New Resolution... New Email Address
Since it’s a new year, I decided to give myself a new email address to christen the new layout of my site:
So, my New Year’s Resolution is already accomplished… just kidding. If only it were that easy and simple.
Of course, it’s 2019, a new year, and every year, at the beginning of the new year, people have new years resolutions… (is it New Year’s or New Year’s?… hmmm, I’ll have to look into that… one second.)
[Conducting obligatory Google search… if you’d like to know about that pesky apostrophe in New Year’s Eve, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.]
Anyway, every year, people have new year’s resolution, but what exactly does this mean?
Literally, it means that you “resolve” in the “new year” to do something; usually, this means you set out to accomplish something by the end of the year.
Sounds like a fancy word for a “goal” if you ask me.
No, not a goal in soccer… ahem, excuse me… futbol.
No, not one of those goals. A real goal that anyone can accomplish. Something that someone sets out to achieve in a reasonable period of time. A goal. Or, on December 31st of every single year, a “new year’s resolution.
And therein lies the rub.
Goals take determination. But New Year’s Resolutions? Those are easy to set and easy to drop.
This is why I think people do not typically conquer their New Year’s Resolutions, because it sounds fluffy and feels great to set a New Year’s Resolution, but people may not realize that they are actually deciding to accomplish a goal.
Setting a resolution might feel harmless, but if you don’t realize you’re setting a goal, you might feel worse at the end of the year simply because you didn’t hit your mark.
That’s why, this year, I’ve resolved three things about my New Year’s Resolution.
Give Yourself A Head Start: Start Working On Your New Year’s Resolution Three Months Early — this year, I decided to treat myself better, which is not necessarily a resolution; rather, simply an overall change I would like to make.
So let’s say that I state that my main resolution is to simply accomplish my goals by the end of the year, and if I start working on those goals in October, I’ll be on the right track by the time new year starts.
Avoid Vague Resolutions, set an end-date, like the one above — As a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of New York, I have taken many sales classes that teach you to accomplish your “sales” goals, and if I have taken one thing away from all of these classes, it is that a goal has a defined timeline and a specific outcome, and can NOT be vague. Stating that your New Year’s resolution is to accomplish your goals by the end of the year is vague, and, while it has an “end-date,” that end-date is the end of the year, so you have an entire year to accomplish something that might not necessarily take you an entire year to complete — which is the other reason with New Year’s Resolutions: you’re declaring a goal without realizing it, and your timeline is “built-in” by nature of the “new year,” so we rarely define a timeline for your goals.
If your resolution is too vague, like, “to lose weight,” then you probably won’t achieve your “goal" — so when you pick a resolution, make it specific, and give yourself a shorter deadline than an entire year, unless you really, truly, need an entire year to accomplish it.
This year, one of my resolutions is to do pushups and pull-ups whenever I can for 66 days straight — because 66 days is about how long it takes to develop a new habit, and I’d like that to be a habit — and this is in addition to going to the gym.
More importantly, because I’ve given myself a head start, I’ve already been trying this since October, and that habit has already developed. So, you can see how I’ve already developed a new habit, which is really what a resolution should do for you.
For the past three months, whenever I have had a little bit of extra time, I have made sure to do some push-ups and pull-ups — I even bought one of those door-frame pull-up hangers, with no installation required.
Now, whether it is in between sales calls or right before I shower after my morning coffee, I’m doing pull-ups and push-ups all day. I’m slightly sore, but only slightly, so not really anywhere near as sore as when I lift heavy weights. I’m finding that my strength is already improving: I can already do more pull-ups and push-ups than I ever could in the past.
I’ve also noticed that my strength and form are both improving on actual weighted exercises, like the bench press or bent-over row or deadlift — and you know what, I’m much less sore when I do those actual exercises, because overall, I can tell my strength is improving.
And, I’m tracking how I’m improving, which brings me to number three.
Track Your Progress — In addition to treating myself better, doing push-ups and pull-ups whenever I can, I am tracking it. I’m tracking when I do them, how I feel, afterward, and I’m writing it all down in a journal. I love Evernote, which is my main note taking app. But you can use any app you’d like to track your progress.
You can follow these steps with any goal or resolution to accomplish what you set out to do,