There is a fascinating statistic in regards to mountain climbing. Not only is it a surprising one, it also paints a perfect picture of the problem with using short-term strategies for long-term goals like New Year’s Resolutions.
The majority of deaths that transpire when mountain climbing occur on the way down. According to a report that was released just a few days ago, 25% of people who died on Mt. Everest died while descending, which is an improvement over the 73% in 2008. On Mt. McKinley, that number was reportedly 61% in 2008. This is because the climbers were so focused on going up, that they invested little time in training for the trip back down.
This is how most people set their New Year’s resolutions.
For instance, one of the most common resolutions is to become physically fit. Assuming that a person wants to keep their ideal physique forever, this is a long-term goal. However, most people only plan and work(out) for this year. While it is possible to achieve that goal within one year, they’re not looking at what it takes to maintain that physique beyond those 365 days.
I’m just curious, what do you plan to do after you get your ideal body? Are you planning to continue to consistently hit the gym, or are you going to stop just because you’re “finished”? Will you continue eating healthy food, or will you go back to eating your favorite junk food because you’ve “earned it” back? Here’s a great one: why do you want to get in shape? Will that reason expire on the next New Year’s Day, or is it worth staying in shape for?
Arthur Ashe said “success is a journey, not a destination.” There is a difference between disciplining yourself for 365 days, and disciplining yourself for life. Even some former athletes and soldiers eventually deprogram their superhuman mentality and get too comfortable and out of shape. What makes the average Joe with nowhere near as much pressure and experience any better than them?
Most people don’t look at their long-term resolutions with long-term results in mind. That’s why when they have one too many setbacks, they simply stop working for that goal and wait several months for the next year to restart it. Even when they do manage to get it done, it doesn’t last. And it’s not just in fitness, this goes for all long-term goals.
Some people have a goal to be in a relationship. They may do what it takes to attract someone, but they eventually repel that person by not being willing to make certain sacrifices that come with relationships. Some people set a resolution to save money more often. They might physically do it at first, but because they didn’t reset their financial thermostat, Law of Attraction soon kicks in with a rainy day and wipes out all that money.
So here’s a tip for making 2017 better than 2016: long-term work on long-term goals, brings long-term results.
Act Do like you’re going to keep your soulmate, ideal body, perfect career, etc. for the rest of your life, and you will.
Make a nice day!