HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2019 was as good to you as it was to me. And I also hope you’re looking forward to an even better 2020. It’s not just the start of a new year, but an entire new DECADE! What a great time to evaluate our lives and examine the challenges, opportunities and blessings we’ve been granted over the past 10 years, and think about where we want to be in the next 10.
In all our zeal to push hard with lofty goals into the next year(s), we can get tempted to bite off more than we can chew. It almost seems like human nature to ‘go big’. We’ve all seen those who post audacious goals all over social media that seem to be a stretch even for the most disciplined of people. And this phenomenon certainly isn’t limited to New Year’s resolutions.
I see this ALL THE TIME in coaching amateur athletes and training goal-driven weekend warriors. The mentality of ‘more is better’ and ‘all or nothing’ can be an alluring prospect to reach goals sooner. For example, many think “if I run faster on all of my runs, I’ll become faster.” or “Instead of working out in the gym 3 days a week, I’m going to workout 7.” or “Instead of simply limiting my carbohydrate intake, I’m cutting out carbs altogether.” And while these goals take enormous discipline to accomplish (and you may even have that in spades), the most important type of discipline I see lacking in most people is the discipline of restraint. And THIS is the key to achieving many challenging goals we set for ourselves.
While the ‘all or nothing, more is better’ approach may be good to do in the short term, there are a few inherent challenges with this philosophy:
Again, don’t misunderstand. I’m all about setting lofty goals! Just rein them in a bit as you embark on the new goals you set for yourself this year. Avoid the pitfalls of the ‘all or nothing’ approach. More is usually NOT better. It’s just more! Remember to practice the disciple of restraint as you commit to becoming a fitter, faster version of yourself this 2020.