I think everybody knows by now almost all New Year’s Resolutions don’t work. In fact I’m writing this now because for most people any resolutions they made are now in the trash bin or headed there quickly.
For most people there are a couple problems with resolutions. The first is they don’t really represent what you actually want. They usually represent something you think you’re supposed to do; or they are something you’d “like to have if it’s not too much trouble.”
Fitness is a great example of both these ideas. Everybody thinks they’re supposed to be getting fitter or losing weight or whatever your definition is there, however for most people it’s like spinach or broccoli when you’re a kid. You know you’re supposed to eat it but that doesn’t change the fact that you don’t want to. It’s a demand imposed by an outside source, not an internal desire.
Fitness is also something everybody would like to have until the work to get it starts. Throw in some sweat, a bit of effort/pain, some soreness and for most people suddenly losing 20lbs or getting stronger seems like a terrible idea. Just pass them the chips and the remote and don’t mention this horror again.
The idea of being The Hulk or Phil Pfister or Ed Coan or looking like Gerard Butler in 300 or Jennifer Garner in Elektra is great, the reality to get there is another thing. If you’re not willing to accept and embrace the reality of what these ideas require to achieve them then it’s not what you really want.
The point is twofold. Don’t let someone or anything else force what you’re “supposed” to do on you, because in the long run it won’t work. It’s wasted time and effort if it’s not from inside you. Second it’s not “inside you,” or what you really want unless you’re willing to go through the reality of what it takes to get it.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about the second problem with resolutions and how to get past it. Till then if you’re really ready for the reality of training for and getting strength, endurance and super fitness go here to get started.