Have a res­o­lu­tion and a plan

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Most peo­ple have no plan for their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Or the plan is sim­ply things they’re go­ing to do on Jan. 1. You know, that drunken New Year’s Eve dec­la­ra­tion to who­ever’s in earshot: “I’m go­ing to wake up to­mor­row and hit the gym to get started on strength train­ing.” In the mo­ment, set­ting that “res­o­lu­tion” feels fan­tas­tic: your brain is get­ting a hit of the feel-good hor­mone dopamine just for mak­ing a de­ci­sion to “be your best self.” But un­less you’ve sorted out a strength train­ing plan, con­sulted with a strength coach or even just looked up a few cy­cling-friendly strength rou­tines and put in your cal­en­dar to go to the gym ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day af­ter work, you’re likely not do­ing much af­ter that ini­tial gym ses­sion (that likely will leave you sore for a week).

“Chang­ing be­hav­iour long-term isn’t all white doves and red bal­loons,” Mar­shall says. “It’s habits you’re im­plant­ing in your life: rou­tine be­hav­iours that give you the best pos­si­ble chance of meet­ing your goals. Know that the spe­cial sauce is in the small de­tails. This might be a brand­ing prob­lem: how we brand these small changes that don’t seem so ex­cit­ing, even though they’re what leads to long term changes.”

“Chang­ing be­hav­iour longterm isn’t all white doves and red bal­loons. It’s habits you’re im­plant­ing in your life.”

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