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I’m not one for New Years resolutions.  I’m more inclined to have goals and measure/work on them in a continuing fashion.   But there is something to be said for having regular triggers that remind (force) you to periodically stop and assess.  So at or around Christmas/New Years, I stop and look back to see how I’m doing compared to a year ago in at least the 5 F’s: Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, & Finance.  I like the 5 F’s because they’re easy to remember and cover all the important categories. 

Have I made any progress on the spiritual front?  (How you measure that is up to you).  Have I tried to improve or expand my relationships with Family/Friends?  Am I more or less Fit/Fat?   Do I have less debt or more savings?  If the answers aren’t what you wanted to hear, what are you going to do about it?  This points the way towards your goals/resolutions for 2014. 

And when setting goals, I like the recent tips in the Paleoista Blog “Your Resolutions Don’t Have to Be All or Nothing”.  We follow progression in training, why wouldn’t we follow progression in goal setting?  Several small steps are usually much easier to follow, possibly accomplish, and help develop the habits towards long term success. 

I also liked the approach over at Mark’s Daily Apple, “11 Questions to Ask Yourself at the Start of a New Year.  Some of these are more internal reflections (ex. “What kind of criticism have you received lately?”) but the others are directly health related (ex. “What were your biggest failings or mistakes this past year – healthwise – that were preventable or avoidable?”).  Again, this line of questioning can give insight into the kinds of things that you can work towards in your 5F categories.

Finally, I always appreciate what’s going on over at Martin Rooney’s Training for Warriors.  His “How to make 2014 your best year yet” post that discusses your “New Year’s Promise” is outstanding.  I especially like his quote “It doesn’t matter if you know what to do if you can’t do what you know.”   I would add to that “if you don’t do what you know.”  Most of us already know that we need to eat better or exercise more, we just don’t do it.  Shame on us.

So, there you have it.  A pretty broad selection of ideas and suggestions on how to set some reasonable goals to make your life better in 2014.  You should do something about it.  If not, then just grab a handful of Twinkies and a 2L bottle of Diet Coke and go sit on the couch and be a sloth like 98% of the rest of the planet.  It’s up to you. 





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