Resolution Failure

September 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." 

HikingHiking

I can honestly say I have never achieved a New Year's Resolution that I made for myself. Most of the time they were vague and wishful at best: 

"I'm going to lose some weight this year."

"I'm going to travel overseas." 

"I'm going to finish my book." 

All of these reflected my true "wants" in life and yet none of them even came close to being completed. My inspiration was firmly in place but so was my procrastination and my motivation was nowhere to be found. Eventually, I stopped making resolutions altogether. 

Then, towards the end of 2013, I went hiking with my cousin on a popular trail in Eugene, OR. It was a dry, cloudy December day but once we reached the top we were actually above the clouds that blocked out the sun below. Hiking was exhilarating. It allowed me to breathe fresh air without freezing, it allowed me to socialize with those closest to me, it allowed me to see the sun during dark winter months. I always felt accomplished at the bottom. After going a few times, my cousin was telling me how he would go several times during the long summer days before or after work. I said "I'm going to try to get up here 100 times in 2014," and my goal was born. I made sure to make it very public by asking others to hike with me, blogging about my experiences, and uploading a photo to Instagram for each and every one. 

At first, like most resolutions, I felt I had forever. A current year was a lifetime, past years were seconds. Before I knew it, we were three months in and I hadn't broken 20 yet. I had to pick it up, and I did. 

Some weeks, I hiked three times. Other weeks, I couldn't convince myself to get off the couch. 

Travel, illness, vacation, lack of motivation, other priorities and injuries have systematically staunched my efforts. 

Now, I'm sitting at work (on break), wondering how I am going to make myself hike tonight or finish these 100 hikes at all. I'm only at 62 and am quickly running low on opportunities. 

What do you do when your motivation seems to have abandoned you?

HikingHiking


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