Many people across the globe have made or are making resolutions to improve themselves in some way in 2012. Goal setting is certainly a big part of what we do here, so I poked around the internet a little, looking for more info on New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not in the habit of believing everything I read on the internet, especially statistics, but what I found on the Wikipedia page for New Year’s Resolutions echoed sentiments seen elsewhere.
The article referenced a study that found 52% of its participants confident in achieving their goals, but only 12% were actually successful. No doubt with so many people setting so many goals some are bound to fall short, but really it’s gotten to the point that the New Year’s Resolution is almost a running joke (This is going to be the year I finally…). What surprised me though is that only about half the participants in this study were confident in their success. How can you make a resolution that you don’t believe you can achieve?
An interesting distinction was made earlier in the article, this is a goal to strive for, not a New Year’s Wish. Ideally the resolution is challenging, but attainable. The article also sighted another study that found making goals in smaller steps, with specific and measurable pieces, as well as publicly stating them, and having the support of friends to be helpful in their fulfillment. We have all that here, an encouraging community, and measurable, observable, repeatable results. I personally prefer to continually set and go after goals, rather than making them based on an arbitrary date on the calendar, but if you happen to be setting a goal for the new year, make it specific, measurable, and challenging. Believe in yourself, and you’ll have the belief of your CrossFit Fenway Family behind you too.
January 4, 2012
Strength: Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5
20 Front Squats (45kg/30kg)
20 Kettlebell Swings (24kg/16kg)