Dec 26

Monday Musing: New Year’s Reflection

New Year's ResolutionsI used to make New Year’s resolutions and after a couple weeks it would be back to the same old routine.  I am going to run more this year, or I am going to read the bible more or whatever it might be.  Then after a while other things would get in the way and I would miss a day and then another and before I would know it I would be back to where I was before.  Anybody else out there like that?

About four years ago I got rid of New Year’s Revolutions and now I take some time around the New Years to do a little reflecting.  I guess it is the coach in me.  What I mean by that is when I enter a season I do not think about ‘this is what we are going to do, this is how we are going to play’ that is all secondary to what type of players that I am going to have.  So, what I have to do is reflect on what I did last season, what worked what did not work and go from there.  I cannot just say this year we are going to run a fast aggressive style of offense if I do not have aggressive players.  I have to work with what I have.  It is kind of like somebody that saying I am going to lose 50 pounds this year.  If you have never been on a diet or exercised a day in your life after a few weeks you are probably going to go back to your old routine and stop exercising and stop dieting.  They need to find out what worked for them the year before for example if they went shopping with a friend and walked all over the mall and they know that person goes shopping once a week, hang out with them more and get some more walking in which will help them lose the weight.

So, every time around New Years I look back at my life and think of the things that I think I did well this year.  For example, instead of saying I want to finish remodeling the house this year I think about when I actually worked on the house and figure out what motivated me or gave me enough time to work on it.  Then I wonder how I can do that more this year.  It is like diagramming a play, if I put myself in the right situations then I will make the right choice more often than not.  The main thing is that I did not know what the right situations are.  Another way to look at is if I wanted to exercise more this year what would not work for me is going out and buying a gym membership or if I went out and bought a bunch of exercise equipment.  It would get used sparingly if at all.  What would work is if I looked back at when I exercised the most the pervious and analyzed how I can replicate that success this year.  This year I exercised more when I was not coaching and during the summers when I could workout in the morning.  So, I have some choices to make either stop coaching, which I would not want to do, or get up earlier in the morning and work out before I go to work.  Now I just need to make that happen, but at least now I have a plan.

I do not make New Year’s resolutions what I do is come up with plans based on what worked and did not work the previous year.  I have to have a plan or whatever I want to get accomplished will just not work out.  If you make a New Year’s resolution I recommend that you come up with a plan and do not go out and just spend some money on something you might use or do.  Find some success that you have previously had in your life and try to build on that.  If you begin with the idea that you have done it before it becomes much easier to do it again.
Jan 1st

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