Fitness Success In 2010: Make A Decision... Not Resolutions!

This year, skip the resolutions. Why do the same thing you did last year and not get anywhere? Try these ideas and find real fitness success in 2010.

Article Summary:
  • In 2010, don't make a list of resolutions. Make one decision.
  • Resolutions tend to be forgotten. Decisions are acted upon.
  • Write out a list of reasons to stick with this decision.

  • Fitness Success In 2010:
    Make A Decision ... Not Resolutions!

    So we have come upon another year. 2009 has come and gone and we are looking forward to everything that is going to happen in 2010. The new year has so much potential. There are so many things that could change our lives when a new year approaches. The New Year's party was great. The countdown has happened. There is normally one thing left to do to celebrate January 1. We answer the most asked question during the holiday.

    2009 Has Come And Gone And We Are Looking Forward To Everything That Is Going To Happen In 2010.
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    2009 Has Come And Gone And We Are Looking Forward
    To Everything That Is Going To Happen In 2010.

    "What are your New Year's resolutions?"

    We have all done it. We thought about it and we come up with a short list of things we would like to do this year. We are going to save $20 out of every paycheck. We are going to eat out once per week. We are going to bring our lunch from our house every other day of the week. Of course, the biggest answer of them all is ...

    "This year, I am going to get in shape."

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    It could be losing a few pounds or maybe it involves running or biking or any other physical activity. We have all done it. We also stick with them until about January 6th and forget all about them and we are off and running on another stagnant year. It will be business as usual until December 31st next year.


    This Year, Do Something Different!

      I have a suggestion. It might sound a little crazy, but bear with me. In 2010, skip the resolutions. Don't waste your time debating it. Don't bother with the whole resolution concept. Why do the same thing you did last year and not get anywhere?

      Here is what I want you to do in 2010. Make one decision. This year, I want you to decide that this is the year that it is going to happen. You are going to lose the weight, you are going to add muscle, you are going to get stronger, and you will not quit!

      Now even though the two terms are synonyms, there is a huge difference between a resolution and a decision. As I mentioned in my example before, resolutions are light-hearted and tend to be forgotten. Lots of people make resolutions and unfortunately, lots of people don't stick with them.

      Think about the importance of decisions. Presidents make decisions, CEOs make decisions, and athletes - when the game is on the line - make decisions to win. More importantly, when those decisions are made, they act on them. They get results.

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      At the end of the day, the result is what matters. You must make this decision that important to you. There is no way you will forget that decision. It is final. It will happen. In 2010, you will do what you say you are going to do. This is your year. You are going to get the results you have desired for every year prior.


    Write Out Your Decision.

      Now making the decision to get in shape isn't enough. It is too vague. There is no way of measuring whether you got the results you wanted. So you aren't just going to make a decision. You are going to make a specific decision. You must put the goal in the decision and write it out like an official statement. In other words, don't just say ...

    Write Out Your Goal Like An Official Statement.
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    Write Out Your Goal Like An Official Statement.

      "I hope to get in shape this year."

      That doesn't read like the writer is very motivated or very confident in the statement. It needs to sound and read as if it is a matter of fact. It must be written like you know it will happen. Try something like this.

      "In 2010, I will lose 30 pounds of fat, add 15 pounds of muscle, and bench press 300 pounds."

      Now that is a decision. That reads like someone is going to do it. That person is determined, confident, and motivated to make it happen. That is how you need to be if you truly want it to happen.

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      Once you have your statement, write it out and keep it everywhere. Keep it in your wallet, in your car, and in your office. Have that statement anywhere and everywhere you can see it. You want to see it multiple times per day. It will serve as a constant reminder that you made that decision and you are going to act on it. It will tell you that you are going to make this year different. There will be no forgetting it within the first week.

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    Why Are You Making The Decision?

      So we have made our decision and written it down so we will see it. That is great, but there is much more we have to do to ensure that 2010 is different. Think about why you want to do this. Why do you want to lose weight or gain weight? Why do you want to compete in that first show?

      Take some time and consider all these reasons. It could be for self-confidence, a health issue, the opposite sex, or money. Whatever your reasons are, as long as they are important to you, then that is what matters. Take that same paper that you wrote your statement on and add these reasons below it. It might look like this.

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      Why Do I Want To Reach My Goals In 2010?

      1. I want to inspire my family to be more active and live healthier lives.
      2. I want to compete in a bodybuilding contest in August.
      3. I want to win the 2011 BodySpace Spokesperson Contest.
      4. I want to increase my self-confidence and go out on more dates.

      Now it doesn't matter how many reasons you have. It can be four or 40. As long as they motivate you to act on that decision, then write them down and go for it. Staying motivated is what will make the difference between being successful with your decision and failure to meet another resolution.


    You Will Do It This Year!

      We have covered the difference in a resolution and a decision. We wrote out the goal. We also wrote down why we want to do it. At this point you should be confident that you are going to do it this year. In case you aren't just yet, let me help you out.

    You Should Be Confident That You Are Going To Do It This Year.
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    You Should Be Confident That You
    Are Going To Do It This Year.

      2010 isn't just another year for you. 2010 is the year. I know that you have struggled in 2009, 2008 and 2007. None of that matters at this moment. All the past failures don't matter from now on. I have had to get over my own demons, I assure you.

      The only thing that helped me bridge the gap from failure to success is that I finally decided that my time was now and if I don't do it, then I never will. That is what you need to do right now. This is absolutely it. You are tired of being complacent, you are sick of being like everyone else you know that just "resolves" to do something and nothing else. You are going to do it. You will do whatever you have to do to meet that goal this year. Why? Because you didn't "resolve" to. You decided to.

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    Conclusion

    I am going to end this with a couple of more tips to help you act on that decision this year. First, sign up for BodySpace if you haven't already. It is free by Bodybuilding.com. You can update your thoughts and logs with your BodyBlogs, you can stay inspired by the hundreds of thousands of users from all over the world, and you can show your progress by adding photos.

    Secondly, sign up for some BodyGroups. There are many great ones out there that you can join. Members of the groups motivate, inform, and push each other to be their best. I have two groups. One is ROCKIVATION for motivation and inspiration. My second one is 30 Days to a Bigger Bench Press. We will help you get your bench up to a number you will be proud of. Of course, there are many other great groups for all types of goals. BodyGroups will help you reach your goals.

    I want to close by wishing you the best of luck and congratulations in advance for making 2010 your year.