I don’t set resolutions, I set goals. Why? Because of the literal meaning of each word. Weird, I know. I take things literally, rarely figuratively.
Let’s visit The Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
res·o·lu·tion noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\
1: the act or process of resolving: as
a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b : the act of answering : solving
c : the act of determining
d : the passing of a voice part from a dissonant to a consonant tone or the progression of a chord from dissonance to consonance
e : the separating of a chemical compound or mixture into its constituents
f (1) : the division of a prosodic element into its component parts (2) : the substitution in Greek or Latin prosody of two short syllables for a long syllable
g : the analysis of a vector into two or more vectors of which it is the sum
2: the subsidence of a pathological state (as inflammation)
3a : something that is resolved
b : firmness of resolve
4: a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group
5: the point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out
6a : the process or capability of making distinguishable the individual parts of an object, closely adjacent optical images, or sources of light
b : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image
goal noun \ˈgōl, chiefly Northern especially in 1b & 3a also ˈgül\
1a : the terminal point of a race
b : an area to be reached safely in children’s games
2: the end toward which effort is directed : aim
3a : an area or object toward which players in various games attempt to advance a ball or puck and usually through or into which it must go to score points
b : the act or action of causing a ball or puck to go through or into such a goal
c : the score resulting from such an act
Not only is Goal shorter to define, it’s much more of a concrete way to set yourself up for accomplishment.
My 2014 Goal: Run 300+ miles.
I joined the Run This Year 2014 group, and you can sign up HERE!
They have training ideas, giveaways, and monthly mileage reports for those that log them on the website.
They also have twitter chats, so make sure you Follow Run This Year on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and join in the conversation!
I plan to accomplishment my goal of 300+ miles by running at least 5 miles each week, plus finish all of the races I’ve signed up for. It doesn’t look like a lofty/difficult task, which is why I’m more than eager to tackle it. If it seemed harder, it wouldn’t be a realistic goal and would set me up for failure.
I’ve also set a date with myself to run every Saturday, there’s a repeat, weekly appointment, and 2 ‘alerts,’ in my Google Calendar to get my shoes on the pavement.
I’m tracking these miles three ways: The Run This Year Mileage Log, Nike+ Running iPhone app, and my 2014 Minnesota Distance Running Association Race Calender/Guide. There’s a log for each month’s training miles, and a master log for race miles.
I’m very excited for this, and hope to write you each week to check in and let you know how I’m doing with this goal.
-What do you use to keep track of your miles?
-Is there any words you prefer versus their often used thesaurus synonym?
-What areas in life are you nerdy?