HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tired of that big jiggly gut?

It’s time to get out of that rut

Here are some tips

To slim down your hips

And help you get off of your butt

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.     Peter F. Drucker

And a lot gets written about motivation, especially this time of year.  Goals, resolutions, changing habits, there’s no shortage of ideas and opinions out there.  Rather than rehashing what’s already been published , I decided to compile some of my favorites.  I sincerely hope that you find something here that inspires you to make 2010 your best year ever!

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.        Theodore Roosevelt

Lots of people, whether they’ll admit it or not, make New Years Resolutions.  This link lists the top ten  2010 New Years Goals and Resolutions.  No surprise that losing weight and getting fit are both high on the list.  There are also video clips with instructions on how to succeed for each item.

For a different take on succeeding with your fitness goals, we turn to Nerd Fitness.  He has some strong opinions, but generally the advice is sound and the perspective is refreshing.  Here’s a post titled Become A Jedi: How the Force Can Help You Get in Shape that I think you might enjoy.

Delving back into the mainstream, here’s some good advice from Dr. Oz.  His List of Realistic Resolutions gives us simple, practical and fairly easy changes we can make to enhance our lives.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.    Zig Ziglar

It is often said that resolutions that are made without measurable goals are doomed to failure.  So “getting in shape” just doesn’t cut it.  You need something more specific, and with fitness training, that’s easy.

How about focusing on a race of some type?  Cool Running has race training plans for any distance between 5k (a little over 3 miles) and a marathon.  Why not split the difference and train for the Napa/Sonoma half marathon this summer?

If you’re looking for something that challenges your overall fitness level, how about trying to pass one of these military fitness tests.  Army, Coast Guard, Navy Seals, they’re all there.  Most have standards for men and women, and different age classes as well.  Pick one that looks like a reasonable goal and go for it!

Here’s one that’s a little odd.  Five fitness benchmarks a man must master comes from a book published in 1926 by Earle Liederman.  He was a strong man and physical culture enthusiast.  In his book  Endurance Liederman makes the case that every man should be physically fit enough to save his own life in an emergency.   He sets out five fitness benchmarks that indicate whether a man is up to this task.  I am actually 4/5ths of the way through this one myself.  Now I just have to see if I can swim a half mile without drowning!

If none of those interest you, let’s cast a broader net.  Here’s a site with over 120 fitness tests.  If you can’t find something there, you’re just not trying hard enough.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.      Og Mandino

Once you have selected your goal, it’s time to devise a game plan that will lay out exactly how you’re going to get there.  Here is a  Goal Setting Worksheet  that takes you through a 12 step plan to help you do this.

Now comes the hard part… you must do the daily tasks that lead you to your goal.  Here is a comprehensive site that lists 29 Ways to Successfully Ingrain a Behavior.

For a simpler method of turning a new activity into a habit, you can read the article I wrote yesterday about comedian Jerry Seinfeld.  The Seinfeldian Chain is a powerful way to help reinforce any type of behavior change you’re trying to make.

I’ll leave you with a short video clip…hopefully it will give you some inspiration and get your new year headed in the right direction.

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