New Year Resolutions – Do They Mean Anything?
In general, the average human being waits until December, when there’s a chance to mentally recover from another year of work and play, before saying to themselves, ‘next year is my year’.
We often aim to write off mistakes of the past and set plans to do something better in the 12 months to come.
Who really follows through? Who actually does it better? Who makes the changes and achieves the goals they set?
In the triathlon world, New Year’s resolutions often revolve around a particular race, a faster time, the improvement of a specific leg, to drop some weight, buy that new bike or attempt to be tougher mentally in those clinch moments during training or racing. I would dare say many of us never complete all of our New Year’s resolutions.
I believe it is because we don’t hold ourselves accountable. We keep our goals hidden in case we don’t achieve them. This way no one can think any less of us. Many of us are very good at posting on social media what we do in training yet racing dreams remain secret.
I argue this is linked to worrying about what others think and being afraid to fail. What does it matter what people, expect loved ones, think? How do you know what you’re capable of if you haven’t failed to achieve something in your life?
I cringe at people who sit on the sidelines taking pot shots at others when they fall short of a goal. Fence sitters, haters or critics. Call them what you will but they are not worth the Facebook space they cruelly dominate.
Let’s be accountable, tell the world your goals for 2016. Don’t be afraid of failing and don’t worry about what others think. The magic is in the process and seeing what you are capable of achieving. A poem by Theodore Roosevelt captures this perfectly:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Therefore in the spirit of this article my personal 2016 triathlon goals are to qualify for Kona at IM Cairns in June and the World 70.3 champs at Busso 70.3 in May. Professionally as a coach it is always the same, introduce more people to the sport through our beginner courses and secondly, continue to challenge our squad members to do be better.