I’m going to go ahead and tell you right now: Don’t make a New Year’s resolution.
Seriously, why do it?
You know you’re not going to follow through with it, so why set yourself up for failure? And do you know why you and millions of other people will not achieve your 2023 New Year’s resolutions?
Because of Parkinson’s Law.
If you’re not familiar with Parkinson’s Law, it’s the old adage that work expands to fill the time allotted. Put simply, the amount of work required adjusts to the time available for its completion.
Think of it like this: When you were in school and the teacher assigned a paper or project on Monday that was due on Friday, you probably didn’t do it that night. You waited until Thursday night to start and finish the paper. That’s Parkinson’s Law.
It’s the same with New Year’s resolutions. If you set a goal in January and give yourself 12 months to reach it, it’s probably not going to happen. You might be gung-ho the first week or two, but then you’ll get sidetracked, tell yourself you have 11 more months to achieve it and forget all about it.
So does that mean you should never set big goals? Of course not. But let’s set small, manageable goals instead of one big goal. We can help you in our No Sweat Intro, break down the steps into manageable chunks.
Say you want to lose 15 lbs. this year. Make your first goal to train twice per week for two weeks.
After you have conquered that goal, set a goal of eating 5 bits of fruit and veg each day. Then go on to the next small goal and the next one and so forth.
Eventually, you’ll have achieved all of these small goals, and they will have helped you reach your really big goal for the year.
So in 2023, avoid New Year’s resolutions and Parkinson’s Law. Go for the short, small goals and see how much you’ll succeed. At Evolution we do free goal review sessions with all our members to ensure they get the most out of themselves.
And if you still need help, you can schedule a goal setting appointment with an Evolution staff member here https://kilo.gymleadmachine.com/widget/appointment/service/free-intro?group=evolution-tralee