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I don’t do New Years’ Resolutions – don’t believe in them, never have, and never will. If you are relying on some arbitrary chart to flip over onto a certain page then in order to set a change for the better into motion, then your imagination is stuck and your motivation sucks.
In his book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” Charles Mackay wrote:
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
While this quote has been wheeled out with regularity to explain the irrational behaviour and psychology behind any modern financial asset bubble, we see it too in the herding behaviour in large groups of who do not think for themselves when it comes to their health and fitness. We see it every January when the “Resolutioners” invade the gym, desperate to turn over a new leaf on an path of health and enlightenment.
Why wait until January 1st to enact change? We all want to make positive changes, but it should come organically, from within and when you are ready; never from blindly following what others do, when they do it, or because it’s a “special” day. January 1st is no more of a special day for empowering yourself with positive change than the other 364 days of the year.
I think about changes all the time. Small changes.. how can I do one one single thing just a little bit better? Then I keep asking the same question over and over again, improving and refining what I can. It leads to a lot of research and experimentation. Like the black art of Formula 1 aerodynamics, you can never reach perfection; there are an infinite number of ways you can make improvements to what already exists.
The philosophy of “marginal gains” has gained traction in sporting circles in recent years (noticeably by the dominant British Track Cycling team) – examine every single aspect of performance and ask how it can be optimized; all the small adjustments will add up to a sizeable winning advantage. It’s a reinvention of the holistic philosophy that has employed from day one by great coaches like Maffetone whose message has always been that an athlete cannot just single out or focus on one aspect (commonly training) without considering everything else: diet, lifestyle stress, recovery & sleep, mental wellbeing – they are all influence and are interlinked with each other, and they all require mindfulness and attention to ensure that you are optimising each area.
Have you ever met anyone who credits a single positive thing or habit in their life to a New Years’ Resolution they undertook? These people don’t exist! The mindful athlete – or indeed, the mindful person – is the antithesis of the Resolutioner. They have a plan, they think of improving, changing, and adopting new habits every single day of the year. Which one do you choose to be?