NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, WHO NEEDS THEM?

Ahhhhh, the new year is finally upon us. I’ve made it pretty clear on social media that I have no love for 2015 and am glad it’s finally in my rear view mirror. Not that I would to totally burn it from existence, because, after all, we learn from the good and the bad things that come along in life. For years I, like many others I’m sure, have made promises to myself of ways I was going to make my life more disciplined over the new year. Promises of healthier eating, and whipping myself into some sort of physical shape that adds a little definition to the stickfigure I am was always at the top of the list. These promises were always broken. Sometimes it was because extended hours at work, other times it was busyness after work that lead to eating fast food a little too much out of convenience. Some were broken because I just got plain ‘ole lazy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people who are going say that resolutions are stupid and only meant to break. On the contrary, I think the idea behind them is wonderful. Anytime we take some time to do some self evaluation in order to find out ways we can improve ourselves can’t be considered bad. Whether it’s by quality of life or in quality of how we live our life, these resolution can help to make the new year better than the previous. Here are some ideas I’ve implemented in making this year’s resolutions:

  1. Keep it simple/manageable. If you don’t go to the gym every day than its not fair to think that you’ll be able to, or even want to go to the gym every day of the new year.
  2. Keep it accessible. Pick some things that don’t require a ton of effort. If the gym is 30 minutes away that will just be another excuse to not go.
  3. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint. Change doesn’t come over night so if your goal is to look like a model by summer you are only going to gauge your short term progress and that’s a sure fire way to set yourself up for quitting.

I know these sound counter productive but in the years to come this year’s resolution can be seen as building blocks to the resolutions you’ll be making over the next few years.

While some of my resolutions are. life changes I’ve. been trying to implement over the last few months I believe them to be vital to changes that may come for me down the road and want to continue to focus on them. With no further avail here are my 2016 resolutions and brief explanations as to why I picked them:

  1. Body weight workouts. Let’s face it, no one is getting younger unless you’re Benjamin Buttons. Gyms are great but I just don’t have the will power to consistently go. My list of why I don’t or can’t go is a mile long. To counter this and my wallet I will be using some very basic exercises. I will be purchasing a few dumbbells, hopefully a basic incline/decline weight bench, and pull up bar. With these I hope to work out all of my major muscle groups with the goal of toning up versus adding a bunch of size. Not that I don’t want size but I think I’m setting myself up for failure if that’s my main goal.
  2. Less sugar intake. Last year was the year of the donut for me. I can’t even begin to count the number of donuts I consumed. 1st order of business will be cutting off my weekly Friday donut and coffee run. This combined with staying away from the snack machine at work will be a great start to what I hope will be me avoiding diabetes in the future.
  3. Read 5 books. As you can see I’ve really implemented the manageable part to my steps to picking this resolution. Years past I’ve tried one book a month and for me that’s just very difficult since I am not really a reader. This low number helps to take into consideration books that may be larger than normal. I hope to be using the Goodreads app to track my progress for those who want to follow along. Here is my goodreads profile. I should also mention that this will be in addition to the Bible reading plan that I chose for the year and reading through the Book of Concord.
  4. See people/life as less black and white and more grey. I’ve learned that I see the world as only black and white. This seems to cause a lot of social implications specifically in some of my closest relationships. Seeing the world in black and white means that to me there is a logical answer to almost every question and that answer is the only option. All other options are wrong and I’ll argue why that is. The problem with this is that logic sometimes is subjective in that it doesn’t leave into account that every person has a way of dealing with life differently. What seems logical to me is not always logical to someone else. My way of dealing with things are mine because of the life I’ve lived. It only follows that others will have a different way of dealing with people and life because they’ve lived a different life. This year I want to embrace the differences in people. After all, it’s really what makes this life so interesting.

There you have it. These are the resolutions I’ve made for this year. As you can see most of them don’t have an end goal. This makes getting back on the horse after a failure so much easier. Those that have goals are set low enough for me to slack on them and still be able to reach my goal. I guess I should stop writing about them and start working on them.

Have a happy new year!

-Dave

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