I don’t think I’ve ever kept a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve made plenty of them in the past, but the follow-through and follow-up has been much less than successful.
This year, my resolutions are all the same, right in line with some of the most popular American New Year’s resolutions. I think these two things will lend themselves to other goals by developing me physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here they are:
- Lose Weight/Get Fit: Recently, I was inspired to lose weight when the scale read 247.5 lbs. Shortly thereafter: 252.5 lbs! According to my wife, it’s the heaviest I’ve ever been. According to all of my pants, it’s also the largest.
- Improve My Blog: Over the past few months, I’ve been reading excellent blogs (see: Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins). They’ve inspired me to refine my message, do more to reach an existing audience, and commit to consistency.
- Conviction: I know I need to change my habits. Extra weight has a major effect on self-esteem, not to mention its detriment to health. As important as it is to acknowledge that you must change, it is more important to know that you can. This time, I believe both.
- Commitment: I’ve resolved to see them through. After I decided to lose weight, I gained five pounds! I can’t say I was surprised; I hadn’t changed my diet or exercise habits. To make a change, we must commit to its success and identify what is holding us back.
- Community: My wife is committed to helping me improve my diet. She is supportive of my efforts to form a good exercise regimen. Now I just need all of YOU to hold my feet to the fire for consistent, quality blogging. Being convicted and making a commitment don’t mean much unless someone will hold you to it.
- I will weigh 210 lbs by October 2, 2013. This will require me to lose almost five pounds each month.
- I will be more intentional about my food consumption and calorie intake.
- I will write at least one new blog post each week.
- I will tap social channels to increase my blog’s exposure.