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.