I’ve been know to rant about the “resi”, a.k.a. “resolutionist”. These are the people that flood your gym and drive the seasonality of the fitness industry. Last year, Nielsen reported that the top New Years Resolution was to get in shape. Also making the list, to “not make any resolutions.” Mother of God. These Get Fit Resies are the same ass hats who were hip thrusting the cable crossover when I was trying to get my pump on during Jacked Street last year.
I have to say, next to complaining about not having time, this is one of the most frustrating things to chat about. When I chat with family or friends about the new year and their resolutions ahead, I have to bite my tongue because it’s the holidays and no one wants give their loved ones the proverbial “holiday dick punch”. That would just be cold blooded. If you are a resolutionist, I want to tell you why your new year’s resolution will fail.
BECAUSE YOU ARE MAKING A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION
The resolution is a hurry up and wait mechanism. People schedule a lifestyle change for a future date, expecting that the turn of a new year will provide a platform for success. It’s an opportunity to live under the temporary illusion of the ability change. And it’s bullshit. Let me tell you why.
Change can be hard. People avoid change like the plague. Whether it’s Facebook changing how their mobile app handles messaging, or a forced change in your daily route to work due to construction, people lose their shit.
There is only one way to drive any significant change in your lifestyle. To quote @Cali, “you gotta want it.”
Because if you wanted it, and had the resources to do it, then (to paraphrase Nike) you would just fucking DO IT. Let’s just say you were to walk into the ol’ Best Buy to look for a TV. You’ve got $2,000 to burn, they’ve got your dream TV in stock, and you have a wall to hang it on.
Would you say, “Oh, fuck yeah! I want it! I can afford it! They have it in stock! And I’m gonna wait until January 1 to buy it”. Hell no. If you really wanted it you would just get that bad boy, hang it up on the wall, fire up HBO GO and smash some episodes of Game of Thrones.
Stop planning change. The fact that you’re willing to wait to take action means you lack the willpower for it to be successful. If you were going to make a resolution for 2016, start now. Start TODAY. Start after you read this article.
Down with the resolutionists! Tell me what you’re going to change TODAY.
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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