Every year I hear people talk about their New Year resolutions like starting getting fit, eating better, stop shipping, stop smoking etc. and how long does it last if people get started? 😀 you get the picture. I believe we all done this 🙂
What happens with the New Year resolutions?
In the past when happened to me it was because I wasn’t committed. – I was choosing my New Year resolutions based on should, ought to etc. I hear many resolutions based on “what other people think of me” you know in all do what is right in the eyes of others.
What I’ve learned over the years is that if I really mean it I’ve to start at once if possible. The if possible is like when I wanted to start with a PT, I had to wait until he had an opening. Yesterday I started at a personal development book – why wait if you really mean it.
A goal or a motivation
Put your heart in it and do it without postponing and more important do it for you and nobody else. Actually give a sh.t about what other people think. This is about you and nobody else. What do you want? Don’t stop smoking if you don’t feel like it and make yourself and everybody else around miserable.
Again it has to be about you and you’ve to find your motivation – not just your goal. Like when I started with an PT I knew I wanted to be stronger! – I could have stopped there, but I carried on with the why – Why working on getting stronger? why endure the pain and soreness? – Because I want to surf and be good at it. I want to feel the waves and ride one standing up more than 1 sec. – I want to “fly“.
Beside that I want to SUP without feeling and looking like Bambi on the ice, and being rewarded with that magical feeling of peace and success of doing something I’m not supposed to be able to.
For me being on the water cleanses my mind and gives me the best meditation.
Another reason for getting fit is that I want to participate in obstacle courses (competitions) not to win but to complete it. This will be a major victory for me because I’m again doing something fun and something I’m not supposed to be able to. As a bonus I’ll have a strong body which will give me freedom because I can do what I want and my body supports me in stead of being my straight jacket. – You see this is not just a goal for me any more – it’s a motive connected to a feeling and that makes me wanna fight for it.
How do I keep the spirit up?
So if you’re making New Year resolutions take the extra step and find out the motive and feeling behind and write it down or take pictures to remind yourself. I’ve pictures and a couple of movie clips of me on the board and every time I’m thinking of giving up or it’s to hard or disillusioned I just look at the pictures/movie clips. I’ve even contacted the management of one of the hardest obstacle courses in the world and they sent me their poster to my vision board. Beside that when I’m having a hard day at the fitness center I just visualize myself on the board or think about doing the obstacle course to get renewed my energy.
Good luck and a happy new 2016 🙂
I actually did it in spite of obstacles 🙂 I ran my first official 5K – Color Me Rad (Oslo) last weekend and I loved it.
My time was 29 minutes and I’m proud because I started in the back a field of almost 2000 people, so I had to worm my way though the walking crowd. Then halfway we got a cup of water to drink and it was really cold so my stomach felt like it should explode but I ran. The only times I didn’t run were on the very steep hills so I’m very happy 🙂
I started running in the spring and if I can do it with challenges like dyspraxia you can do it 🙂 You just need to find the things that motivates you. For me it was the thought of being on the SUP board again on Bondi Beach with my surf trainer and learning to ride the waves without taking a bath 😉 Who know I might even get strong enough to surf a real wave.
Another thing is to find the right race to be the first one and in my opinion Color Me Rad is a really good race to start in because I didn’t just watch a lot of bags in front of me. Beside that it’s really funny to participate.
One goal reached and one thing more on my bucket list done 🙂 Now I’ve raised the bars and going to run for a serious 5K and later a 10K 🙂