New Year, Fresh Start


Welcome to a happy New Year 2023, Auld Lang Syne, and all that rot! I sincerely hope last year brought you and yours good tidings and great joy. 

Did you achieve everything that you set out to accomplish? Did you write down your SMART goals and work towards or through your journey to achieve them? While I am not the arbiter of truth, justice and/or the way you need to move forward (and no, I won’t rehash the SMART acronym…), I will, however, strongly emphasize that this is a new year, a new beginning, and in the words of Tony Horton, “Do your best and forget the rest.”

Having said that, let’s get down to business. A new year means a fresh start.  

Here are some key points to refocus your brain as you move forward and to reinforce those resolutions you have made:

  1. Ask yourself: What is/are my strength(s)? 

You have the answer inside you. Keep in mind, I don’t only mean those related to fitness, though fitness/health is of primary importance (and the topic of this column). It is my opinion, as an over 50-year-old man, my fitness keeps me out of the doctor’s office and enables me to keep up with my 20-year-old son!. Tony Robbins recommends that you journal daily; focusing on your strengths, weaknesses, and ideas. Examining your own strengths helps define where you know you should focus.

  • Own your weakness(es). 

See above for the reciprocal. I often reference my favorite trainer Tony Horton and his quote: “Forget, ‘I can’t’ and instead say ‘I currently struggle with . . .’” It’s easier to overcome your struggles by de-emphasizing your known weakness and its ability to control your goals. I often tell my family and friends that if I focus on the negative, then the negative becomes my reality. Redefine the negative and control it, not vice versa.

  • If you’re ready to gain control of the holiday indulgences … then take a moment to limit the bad habits you let the mantle of the holidays control.  Let me caution you; don’t OVERYLY restrict the things you love. You’ll walk yourself down a path to binge.
  • Skip the resolutions. Define YOUR goals and set a date to achieve them. Setting a defined time frame (90 days, 180 days, or even a yearly goal) forces you to see an end date. Having very specific goals (Write them down!) offers you the finish line. It’s up to you to get there.                                                                                                           

As for me, I am waiting for Monday, new year, new day, first Monday, and a new workout plan!

Reach out with questions, comments, or coaching help!


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