Don't wait until January 1st to set goals and start working
toward those goals. Make progress a year round resolution.
New Year’s resolutions are lame. They are the ultimate combination of delusion and procrastination. A New Year’s resolution allows the resolver to enjoy the potential glory of accomplishing a goal, yet postpone the hard work necessary to accomplish said goal until the beginning of the next calendar year. Don’t even get me started on how often these resolutions are broken within the first two weeks of the year or the fact that if you’re only setting one goal per year then you’re only going to accomplish 70-80 significant things in your life, which is kind of sad in the big scheme of things.
I’ve always thought that if you’re going to set out to accomplish something, get started today or keep your mouth shut until you’re ready for action. I don’t want to hear about what you might maybe possibly accomplish at some point in the future if something doesn’t happen between now and your projected start date to derail your aspirations. The only time a New Year’s resolution makes any sense is when it’s made on New Year’s Day. I’m might even go as far as to cut some slack for resolutions that take place during the last week of December.
New Year’s resolutions are even more lame (lamer?) when it comes to wakeboarding because nobody is thinking about wakeboarding on New Year’s Day unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere (them folks have summer in January). The point that I’ve pretty much beaten to death at this point (see what I did there) is that you shouldn’t fall into the procrastination trap of New Year’s resolutions when it comes to what you do out on the water. If you want to progress, resolve early (maybe even on New Year’s Day) and often and make sure each resolution is followed by concrete action the very next time you’re on the water. Unless, of course, your resolution is to get on the water more often in which case you should be pulling on your boardshorts right now.
My early season goals have been related to getting WakeWorld’s new Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV dialed in for the season and working on some new photo and video ideas to bring WakeWorld readers something pretty to look at. I’ve been out on the water twice and I’ve accomplished those goals on both trips. Those accomplishments have set me up to for even higher aspirations on my next trip.
My on-water riding goals have not quite taken shape just since I haven’t had an opportunity to get behind the boat yet. However, a backside 180 is my next action item. Each time I hit the water I vow to make progress towards that trick until I add it to the list of trick that I can do. I’ll be doing it in the flats, one-wake out, one-wake in and eventually wake-to-wake. Who knows, maybe I’ll get all that done in one session (yeah, right). But my ultimate goal is to set another goal because my previous goal has been reached.
So my recommendation to you is to “resolve” to make 2014 the year that you set goals and reach those goals every time you’re out on the water. Cram as many “resolutions” you can into your season. And the next time you hear somebody announcing their New Year’s resolution, call them out and challenge them to make it a today resolution.