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Goals & Resolutions

Sunday, September 01, 2013

During my fitness retreat, I read Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. Have you ever read it? What did you think? At first I was skeptical of her project: she seemed to have everything, she acknowledged that her life was good already, and what's the point to a happiness project, anyway? I was glad that she addressed my questions, and I found that I liked getting a glimpse into her life and relationship. She didn't paint herself or her marriage as perfect, which I appreciated.

Towards the end of the book, she describes the difference between goals and resolutions.

"You *hit* a goal, you *keep* a resolution," she wrote. "'Run a marathon' makes a good goal. It's specific, it's easy to measure success, and once you've done it, you've done it." With a resolution, however, "it's something you have to resolve to do every day, forever."

I like the distinction, and maybe this is why I've stuck to my healthfulness over a year now: I have been seeing it as a resolution. The last time I tried to get healthy I strived for (and achieved) a 10-pound weight loss, but once I achieved it, I stopped all that I was doing to get myself there.
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  • v AUG308
    The happiness project is an excellent book that does help you capture the fact that most people view goals as once achieved do not continue to move to the next goal.
    If it becomes a resolution then it stays on your personal daily agenda.

    I however would have named it something else since every year on New Year Day we
    Make resolutions that are often forgotten by February.

    On average it takes 3-4weeks for a daily activity to become a habit however sites like this motivate and keep the resolutions occurring. It does have to be a personal quest to finally accept your problem and positively move forward and the happiness process documents a way to do this.
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