The English language can be a complex thing. In fact, scholars say it is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. Hard to believe when most of us take it for granted. But think for a moment how a particular word can be defined several different ways while two different words that sound alike, can be spelled differently, and have absolutely nothing in common in their definitions. Add to that the poor grammar and slang that is used in everyday language and even our English teachers would be ashamed. Spoken vocabulary can be confusing and sometimes questionable, and there is no better proof of that than the use and meaning of the word resolution.
Yes, it is that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and a new year is just around the corner. This time of year can be both a time of celebration and a time of reflection to look back on the previous year and make our resolution for the next year – a year of promise and new beginnings. From my professional and personal experience however, the resolutions that people make appear to be the same every year. That would indicate that not much of a change or improvement has been made over the past year. Perhaps a resolution is not the answer or even the correct word to use. Webster’s Dictionary defines “resolution” several different ways: a decision to do something; an analysis; a firmness of purpose; a statement that solves a problem; clarity of the computer screen measured in pixels – to name a few. Notice however that nowhere in the definition does it say anything about planning, goal setting, or action. With the exception of how good your computer images look, a resolution is nothing more than a thought or idea. We can all decide to make a change, but how are we going to go about it? We can analyze the past year but how are we going to change it? We can clearly state our goal, but what and how many steps is that going to take? We can solve the problem, but how are we going to avoid it from happening again? In essence, by its definition, a resolution is nothing more than merely talk without any required action.
Conversely, a plan as defined by Webster’s is a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished. By comparing these two definitions, a resolution is in essence the idea and a plan is the clearly defined action process. To clarify that comparison, look no further than the world of business. In business, companies take that first step of starting up a business by drawing up a business plan, not a business resolution. Afterall, if it were a business resolution, the ideas while they may sound great would never come to fruition unless the necessary plan was in place. Great business ideas are thought of everyday, but only the ones with a plan ever take off. Therefore, would it not be beneficial for us to develop a New Year’s “plan” as opposed to another New Year’s resolution. To borrow the cliché’ phrase, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, speaks volumes about how success can be attained and failure can be avoided.
The first of the year has always been synonymous with new beginnings, but there is never a better time than the present. Do yourself a favor this year. Do not wait until January 1 to begin with a resolution to change, get better, improve upon, etc. Instead, make a plan with achievable, attainable goals and resolve only to avoid making excuses. Then once your plan of action is in full swing, come up with a resolution for that mid-year get away to the Caribbean. Happy Holidays, enjoy the season, and all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year!
See you tomorrow for Day 12 of the 12 Days of Fitness
Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better
Just in case, here’s what you might have missed:
Day 1 – Why Not Eating Enough Won’t Help You Lose Weight
Day 2 – 5 Ways You’re Self-Sabotaging Your Workouts
Day 3 – 10 Fitness Fibs You Tell Yourself
Day 4 – Never Diet Again!
Day 5 – Benefits of Exercising in Winter – Outdoors!
Day 6 – Understanding Your Metabolism
Day 7 – The Most Addictive (And Least Addictive) Foods
Day 8 – The 10 Biggest Lies of the Weight Loss Industry
Day 9 – Are You a Closet Eater?
Day 10 – 10 Ways to Kickstart a Morning Workout