Archive for January, 2015

You should set New Year’s resolutions even though you likely won’t reach them

So much skepticism towards New Year’s resolutions.  And it’s easy to see why.  We’ve all been there – setting the exact same resolutions year-after-year because we didn’t accomplish them the previous year.  And now we have data that helps prove our individual experience.  According to research by the University of Scranton, 92% of people who make resolutions FAIL at achieving them.  However, that exact same research shows that you are 10 times more likely to attain your goals if you explicitly make a resolution to do it.  TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY!

Don’t let skepticism hurt your own success.  If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution … do it now!  Here are some tips (from guidance also from the University of Scranton Psychology department) to improve your odds of success.

  1. Write it down
  2. Keep it simple – keep your resolutions to 2 or 3 maximum
  3. Make them realistic & specific – don’t say “Lose weight” say “lose 10 lbs in 90 days”. Don’t say “improve my jiu jitsu” say “attend class 3 days a week”, “hit a tripod sweep 30 times in class within next 60 days”, “compete in XYZ tournament on February X”, “win the 2015 Pan Championships” (probably not realistic if you’ve never even competed before), etc.
  4. Tell others (us) — let us know of your jiu jitsu or fitness goals. We will track them, help you accomplish them, and help hold you accountable for them.
  5. Take action – After setting the goal, determine the steps or actions you need to take to reach your goal. Focus your attention on the action steps you need to take.

Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitness is the premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training center in the Charlotte metro area.  Head instructor, Lucas Lepri, is among the most decorated jiu jitsu athletes in the world.  Let us help you accomplish your goals.