By Christopher Confero
New Year’s resolutions: they’re infamously easy to break. We have the best intentions, but no follow-through plan that we can commit to. It’s been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Telling ourselves or a few friends what our resolutions may be leaves plenty of room to shirk those goals after a few months. So this year I am using the power of the printed word to make my resolutions public and be held responsible to follow through with them for all of 2016. By reading this article, you are officially entering into a contract with me to hold me steady to the course. Our ambitions are made greater by those who support us, remind us, and revive us. This year, I have two resolutions to help guide me.
Recommit to a Healthy Lifestyle
This is not a diet. This is not a fad. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about a drastic change of habits that can never be realistic over a long term. It’s about making positive, smart decisions that work well for you to encourage better living. For the past couple years, this has been something I have worked very hard to achieve. Working with my all-star trainer and all around good guy, Matt Crane, of Meta Fitness Studio, I have been keeping a well-managed gym routine going strong paired with proper nutrition that strays occasionally for a special meal or round of drinks after a successful party. My advice to those seeking to make a change to their health is to work with a trainer who can understand what works well for you and map out a plan to help you achieve your goals. I always tell people to leave it to the professionals when it comes to planning a party. The same goes for when I want to make a plan for my health—I know I’m in great, professional hands with Matt.
Live in the Moment
I am completely and unquestionably tethered to my iCal at all times. I live and breathe by it. There are even those special few who have my calendar shared to theirs and I expect them to know my movements without question. It’s just the only way I know how to ensure I get from A to B to C everyday. I’m guilty of living through my phone screen as I use it to document every moment. I think we all could use a healthy dose of occasionally removing ourselves from our phones, tablets, computers, etc. Attend a concert and don’t record a single song. Live for that one moment you are sharing with only those in that shared space. Go for a run and don’t plug in your headphones and use that time to reflect and embrace the sounds around you. And here’s the one that may be a real test: walk into a room of people you don’t know and refrain from scrolling through social media to avoid interaction. Meet people. Talk. Be human.
Both of these things are hard to do and I know I fail at them constantly. But recognizing failure, learning something from it, and applying it to your future is the real definition of success. Whatever your resolutions may be, I encourage you to write them down, post them somewhere, and hold yourself accountable to them. We are only made by the choices we make every day.