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New Year Resolutions 2016

As 2015 was coming to a close and I had a look back on my Resolutions, it was time to look at what I should set myself for 2016. What was evident from 2015 was how important the family is and they will always come first.  My running is also important to me and I am lucky that I can fit most of my training and running into work time.

So for 2016 and I have set myself the following:

1.  Family Holiday and Three Long Weekends.  This was the best part of my 2015 resolutions and I want it to be the most important resolution in 2016.

2.  Communicate more with the Family.  Not sure how I am going to quantify this one, but it is something that needs to improve.  I appreciate I am not the most communicative of people, but I will endeavour to address this over the next year.  It needs to be reciprocated if it is going to work.

3.  The Physical Challenges.  This year I have been extremely optimistic, but I am a firm believer that we need to constantly push ourselves just to see what we are capable of.  Therefore my physical challenges are broken down into the following:

a.  Run a total of 1000km.

b.  Cover a total of 2016km (Run, Cycle, Row, Walk).

c.  Complete my Virtual Ultra Triathlon:

(1).  Run.   Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft. This is the most Westerly point to the most Easterly point in the UK.

(2).  Cycle.  John O’Groats to Lands End.  This is the most Northernly to the most South-Westernly point in the UK.

(3).  Row.  The Length of the Thames.

d.  Complete an Ultramarathon.

4.  Read Eight books.  This didn’t go too well in 2015 so I have therefore revised it down, but only slightly.

5.  Write a Blog on average once a fortnight.  In 2015 I was far too ambitious so I have revised this down by half in the hope that I will make a good attempt at this.

So there you have it, five resolutions, some of which may seem straightforward but after the last year nothing is ever simple.  I know the physical challenges will be tough but then some resolutions need to be  a challenge:

We shall go always a little further: it may be beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow…


New Year Resolutions?

new-year-resolutions-2015I have been thinking what, if any, my New Year Resolutions should be.  In the past I have never really set myself any, however I do believe they are a good way of setting out your good intentions for the forthcoming year.  According to the NHS website though only one in ten of us will achieve our goal.

It seems to me that there are a couple of reasons for this failure:

1.  Unattainable goals.  Some people set themselves targets that  they are never really going to achieve.  I have witnessed people saying they are going to quit smoking and actually only last a couple of hours before they start again.  It would have been wiser to say they were going to give up within the year and then have a workable plan in partnership with the NHS or their local GP.  This then brings me on to my next point.

2.  Lack of support.  People will always improve their chances of success if they have a support network to boost their morale and give them encouragement.  This could be through family, friends, community groups or even social media groups such as FB or Twitter.

So thinking all about this what are my New Year Resolutions going to be? I am certainly not a Mark Zuckerberg so I don’t think I can read a cultural book every other week for a year, simply too many things going on at home to have that amount of free time.


So would any of the most popular resolutions (left) be any good for me? Most of them seem reasonable but I think your New Year Resolutions need to be bespoke to the individual and they also need to be quantifiable so that you can at least have some measure of success.  So here are mine:

Goals for 2015

  1. Get away with the family on at least one holiday and three short breaks.
  2. Complete ten races at any distance.
  3. Read ten books.
  4. Study and pass my Education Course.
  5. Publish a Post on my blog on average once a week.

Well there you go, those are my five aims for this year. Lets see how I progress.