Are You Resolved or Are You Committed?

Have you Resolved to improve your Health and Fitness this year?

Or … Are you truly Committed?

Dictionary.com defines resolution as ” a formal expression of opinion or intention made.”

It also defines commitment as ” a pledge or promise; obligation.”

I hope you agree that there’s a serious difference between “expression of opinion” and an “obligation.”

It’s like the ham and eggs breakfast analogy: the chicken is opinionated, while the pig is committed.

As we begin the New Year, let’s resolve to be committed to our health and fitness rather than opinionated about it.

It’s the commitment, above all else, that counts. Setting specific, concrete goals is of course important (and more on that next, and in the following weeks), but committing to reach those goals is critical.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

Reaching our fitness goals will not happen casually. There are too many distractions. Too many obstacles. Too many excuses. Indeed, reaching our 2012 Health and Fitness goals requires a genuine, sincere, pull-no-punches commitment.

Here’s one way: Lay it on the line!

One of the best and most natural motivators in life is the spirit of competition! Having a concrete, time bound competitive deadline event to work towards is one of the most effective ways to keep your program on track!

Generally speaking, the more expensive and more highly publicized, the better! If you really, really, really want rock hard six-pack abs and buns of steel, seek out and enter a physique competition. Send in your entry fee right away.

Or, seek out and enter a 10K run,  a mountain bike race, or cross county ski event!

Whatever event you pick isn’t important. What’s important is that you register.

That’s your commitment. Because with your registration fee on the line, you are far more likely to prepare for, and then complete the event. Preferably, find something with an entry fee of greater than $50 (just high enough to bother you if you don’t show). Oh, and do tell as many of your friends and family about the event as possible!

Because nothing will keep you motivated, help you push through those last few burning reps, or pound out that final 200 foot climb like knowing that you’re putting it all on the line in front of your own personal audience 3 weeks from Sunday. It works.

Afraid of crowds? Make it personal.

Find a friend, family member, training partner, or trainer and place a personal bet. Pick a specific, or small collection of fitness elements … resting heart rate, body fat percentage, total push ups in 1 minute … (whatever you like!) … and a testing date 4 weeks from now. Place $50 each into escrow somewhere. Winner takes all on test date. Believe it or not, this works! I’ve seen people work their butts off (quite literally!) for bragging rights and a t-shirt!

Need help setting that goal or making the commitment? I’d love to help you out – just drop me a line!

The important part is that you’ve committed.

Or, you can try again next year, or the year after, or the year after that …

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