Setting Goals or Resolutions?
So how is this different from setting a resolution? The word resolution comes from the Latin word Resolvere, which means re loosen and later in Middle English meant to solve, disintegrate or dissolve…so now we are getting somewhere. Resolution means “A firm decision to do or not to do something”, but often our resolve disappears as life gets in the way, especially when we are doing something because we feel we ought to and don’t particularly believe we will do it anyway. When our sense of Why isn’t that strong. But see how motivated you get when you have a cause behind you fueling your fire.
That’s what Big Fat Stupid Goals do, because they are your making and they are so incredibly ambitious and have the potential to be life changing that you simply have to do whatever it takes to achieve them. When I think about how much time and energy I have wasted over the years on dieting, and unfocused training due to not having a sufficiently sized goal in mind…what could I have done in its place? Learned a new language; invented a cure for cancer; become a renowned artist? A few years ago, I visited the artist Henry Moore’s studios and gardens in Essex.
I had always loved his sculptures, especially Old Flo who resides in East London near me, and I had a wonderful day walking around the vast open spaces and various workshops taking it all in. What I was astounded with was the amount of work he did, and how much unfinished works exist too. For those who don’t know Henry Moore was a prolific artist, who created many thousands (yes thousands) of sculptures, drawings, prints, textile and tapestry designs over a period of more than seventy years…He was a busy man. I later found this quote from him, I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.
Henry Moore, Artist Do you think that might be the key to his artistic efficiency? Not wasting a single day? Refocusing continually instead of waiting? Henry Moore was clearly a man on a mission to leave his mark; he was thinking big. So, what you would do if time and money was no object and you knew that whatever you chose you couldn’t fail at? What would you do with your life?
Set yourself a BIG FAT STUPID GOAL for 2018
Without thinking about the reality of your personal situation, without any restrictions, what ifs or but how’s, you need to think about the biggest stupidest most glorious goal you could possibly achieve. This is not the place to write, “To get down to a size 8 and marry David Beckham”, because, believe it or not, there are happier, more fulfilling things to aim towards. I mean have you heard him talk? The point is you need to expand your mind and reconsider what potentially your biggest wildest health or fitness related goal could be, and that may require some research. Think broadly about the kind of goals these could be, for example would it be to:
- Compete in a specific sport
- Visit a specific place in the world (which seems well out of your reach).
- Become a yoga instructor or a personal trainer
- Get a qualification in an alternative therapy
- Start a family Climb a mountain Swim an ocean
- Become a model Leave your job and start a business