Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I Don't Make Resolutions, I Make Things Happen

Mediocre people don't like high achievers and high achievers don't like mediocre people.--Nick Saban

This is the time of year that I've grown to hate so much. All of the New Year, new you crap that people spew out of their pie holes to convince themselves that the previous 30 years of underperformance is an anomaly compared to the forthcoming "New Year", woo Hoo!!!

I don't make resolutions. I think they're silly. I believe that folks think there is some sort of switch that allows you to change behavior at a moments notice. I don't think that's how it works. The gym and the roads are a ghost town in late December. All of a sudden, every schlep rock from here to Brooklyn will file into the gym like a Manhattan bound 4 train during rush hour (NYC reference). I think that it is all marketing. Every magazine cover talks about what to do in the new year. I mean, Valentine's Day has been marketed to put a price on love. 

Most serious runners won't need to make a resolution. Goals are constantly set. Really, ask a serious runner what their PR is and they know it to the second most likely. Now there are plenty of serious runners that have no idea what their PR is. Those runners will most certainly not make some ridiculous proclamation that they will lose X amount of pounds or run their first 5K. Those folks run simply for enjoyment. 

I believe strongly that there is no tomorrow, you have to live for the day (Jay-Z quote... Sort of). Lots of times people that make resolutions do so void of a concrete plan or course of action in order to reach said goal. I know, I know, it makes people feel good to say that they are going to get better. That said, I'm not really into subsidizing lack of execution for the sake of perpetual kumbaya moments (did I spell that right). 

I probably sound like the New Years version of Ebenezer Scrooge better yet, Scrooge McDuck, perhaps the Grinch that stole New Years but I just want people to stop lying to themselves and their friends that the fat that they've built since graduation will miraculously begin to disintegrate when the ball drops on the prior year. Runners can't sit around and make unrealistic bets on their performance, body fat or other athletic goals because the roads never lie. Every run will tell you the truth and that is the truth that you proclaim. 

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