If you are an avid gym-goer, then you know the crowd. You know it all too well.
It has become such a laughing stock that even those not interested in pumping up know about it. The dreaded New Year Crowd. At the beginning of each year, a flood of people come to “tone up,” “get fit,” and any other cliche expression you can think of.
Just take one look at Google Trends with the keyword, “fitness.” Every year in January, there is a significant spike in interest, followed by a rapid decline. People set their lofty goals, and like an Alzheimer’s patient, promptly forget the goal even existed to begin with. That is, until next year, when they once again realize the need to be able to see their toes.
It’s a common thing because someone started this silly idea of making “New Year’s Resolutions” as if merely living through another year prompts a change in behavior. To be honest, I would think if you made it through another year then you must have been doing something right.
In any case, the idea is a huge one, spread across a wide range of people. People set their goals and move towards them, only to realize that goals are a lot harder to achieve than they thought.
You Don’t Really Care
The goals are wholesome. Good goals to have. But for all the wrong reasons. You see, these people will come up with reasons for their set goal, but really it’s just a sham. The real reason they have the goal is because they think that had to come up with one for New Year’s, not to “have more energy for their kids” as they would have you believe.
The truth is they don’t really care. If they had cared about it, then it would take more than an arbitrary day on the calendar for them to realize it. If it would have mattered, it would have been an actual experience that connected to them.
Connect Yourself To The Goals
Tell me why you want to save money. Is it because you want to be rich? You want to be able to buy brand name clothing? Or is it because you need to save up 5,000 dollars to go on that trip to Greece you have been planning where you will finally get to meet up with your old best friend and chase a dream you have been going after for years? One of those is a good reason.
Why? Because it’s specific. It’s individual. It matters to that person, and that person only. It connects to them on a deep level. It draws upon all of their skills, passions, and will. Now that is a good reason.
All too often we set goals that sound nice on the outside, but really they have no meat to them. They are just a skeleton, bound to crumble at the first sign of trouble.
Connect yourself to the task, to the goal you really want to achieve, and then set out to attain it.
You will find out if it really matters to you when it starts to get tough, because that is when the reason for setting that goal will matter most.