Monday, January 03, 2011

Talking about a resolution, well you know, I don't want to change a thing

I generally always resolve not to resolve a thing every new year. I've been a health club member for enough years to know that health clubs make most of their money off from New Year's resolutions. Every January clubs are packed with people resolved to get in shape. And every February the clubs are back to their regulars just sweating away and bitching about the dirty locker rooms.

Human nature being what it is, making a New Year's resolution is like drawing a line in the sand with your subconscious. And nine times out of ten, your subconscious is going to whoop your ass.

Don't get me wrong. I think people can and should change things about themselves that they think need to be changed. However, New Year's isn't the time to do it. Change is hard enough without putting the pressure of a New Year's resolution on top of it.

I looked at my blog post from last year around this time and I wrote about resisting to resolve to write in my blog everyday because it would probably have the opposite effect. I was right. I wrote more in 2010 than in 2009 because I only wrote when I wanted to and not because I had to.

I wish that resolving to do things would give you the resolve to actually do them. But resolutions are kind of like wishes in that if they were horses, beggars would ride.

I will say that I did manage to maintain the weight loss I began in 2009 through 2010. But it had nothing to do with resolutions, just diet and exercise. Because accomplishing anything simple comes down to doing it and not thinking to much about it.

I obviously have not resolved to be more profound in 2011.

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