Resolutions Vs. Goals

Resolutions are for suckers.

Ok, let me back up a little bit. No, I don’t think ill of you if you made some New Years Resolutions a few days ago, but I would think ill of myself if I did. Reason being, I’m pretty sure I have never stuck with a New Years Resolution, so why keep making them? Remind me of the definition of insanity again…

So instead of resolutions, this year I have Goals. What is the difference, you ask? Well, lets look at the definitions:

Resolution: noun. The act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. A resolve or determination.

Goal: noun. The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

Now don’t get me wrong. Having determination to do something is imperative in reaching your goals. But it is the ultimate achievement that I want to work towards. I want concrete, measurable goals that I can eventually say “Yes! I’ve done it!”

So this year I’ve got a few goals in mind with measurable endings:

1. Finish my Master’s Degree in Nutrition. This will be done in March! Hoo ray!

2. Study for, take, and of course pass the NSCA CSCS exam. (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).

3. Squat 200 lb. Right now I’m at 145 for reps, so I know I can get there!

I also have several other goals that will not have endings in the near future, such as my goal to continue learning as much as possible about nutrition, sports medicine, and strength training. Just because they will not have end points however, does not make them some silly resolutions that I can brush off when things get a little busy around February. These are parts of myself that I consider engrained into who I am, and what I do.

That being said, I really do need to get better at staying in touch with people…

Did you set any resolutions this year? Can you normally stick with them for longer than 5 minutes?

image via Calvin and Hobbes

6 thoughts on “Resolutions Vs. Goals

  1. YEAH squatting 200! I just squatted 210 Monday — and proceeded to run laps around the gym and email my coach on the drive home. Yeah. Big moment.

    I haven’t blogged about it but this year one of my goals is to get the NSCA PT certification. No bachelor’s degree so no CSCS for me even though that’s a one-day goal — but I am in love with the NSCA programs. They are definitely second to none.

    And also um hi I’m Sable and I am REALLY REALLY GLAD you have a blog! More strong women representing on the webbbbb!

    1. Thanks for commenting Sable!! I read your blog all the time and love it, and you are one of the ones who inspired me to start! Congrats on the 210 also!!

      I have wanted to do my CSCS for a while so I finally just need to DO it (kind of like starting this blog) and I agree the NSCA certs are really the gold standard!

  2. I feel the same way about the CSCS. It just keeps getting moved down on the priority list for some reason 🙂

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