As defined by trusty ‘ol Google, a resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something”.
On the other hand, a goal is defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or a desired result”.
We’re only four days into 2017 and I’ve heard the word “resolution” too many times. Four days into 2017 and I’ve heard that people’s new year’s resolutions have already been put on the back burner. I’ve never been someone who set a new year’s resolutions and I’ll tell you why now. To me, resolutions are simply attempts to achieve a short or long term goal. There seems to be no backboard for holding you to your resolutions.
I personally believe that goals have firmer foundations for achieved success compared to resolutions. The definition above states it simply: goals are ambitions, efforts, and a desire for results. Goals provide you something to work towards, something to strive for, and something to hold you accountable for your actions. Goals provide a deadline for your actions to be completed. Goals are continuous efforts that can be extended and grown upon. Goals teach you to work hard for something you want to do. Goals help you reach limits you never thought possible. And once you reach one “limit”, a new limit can be set until you realize limits truly don’t exist.
So what are my goals for 2017? I’ve set a goal to race the Hyner Trail Challenge 25k for the first time ever (I’m already registered in this sold-out race). I’ve set a goal to thru-hike the Loyalsock Trail with Josh. I’ve set a goal to race another ultramarathon in the fall (specific race is TBD, but most likely I’ll be registering for the Green Monster 50k once registration opens).
These three goals aren’t merely resolutions because I have ever intention of achieving these goals. I won’t change my mind in a week and throw in the towel like most resolution-ers do. These goals are set, published to the Internet, and have been shared with running partners. Not only will I hold myself accountable to my goals but now I have my blog readers and my training partners to hold me accountable too.
Will you resolve to take action this year? Or will you take action to achieve goals?
The choice is yours.