Catchy title, huh? At least it got you to read the first two sentences. As we close out the end of one year and start the beginning of 2023 many people are formulating and developing new habits they hope to instill in their lives. Resolve to make a change. How do we ensure these changes stick? You may think I’m about to discuss the SMART principle for Goals. While SMART is a great way to identify potential goals, read on for my take on developing achievable goals.
For those who know me, know I like to read and listen to leadership books and podcasts. One content creator I discovered who provides valuable insight and mentoring is a retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink. One principle Jocko discusses is Iterative Decision Making. What does this mean? Iterative Decision Making is a process to make small movements or decisions towards a desired outcome. You take small steps with information acquired to make your next decision. Building on lessons learned, you minimize risk while achieving your goals.
This Iterative Decision Making Process had me thinking about resolutions and how this can apply to certain fitness goals. Instead of making HUGE changes, maybe we only need to make little adjustments.
SMALL CHANGES, EXECUTED CONSISTENTLY, NET IMPACTFUL RESULTS.
Think back to your high school math class and a discussion about acute angles (remember the small angles, less than 90 degrees?). Remember how the distance between the two lines at the apex is miniscule. In fact, if you use a fat pencil, the lines practically overlap. However, as you move further and further from the apex, the lines are clearly diverging. While the direction of the two lines was small at the apex, by the time you are some distance away, the space between the two lines has become great. This is what is meant by the saying “Small Changes, Executed Consistently, Net Impactful Results”.
This can also work in the opposite direction if we short change our values and goals. If we are one degree off, after 100 feet we only miss our target by 1.7 feet. Not too bad. However after 68 miles, we are 1.16 miles away. After 126 miles we miss the mark by over 2 miles. This distance only increases over time.
This principle doesn't only apply to fitness goals. When we start slacking on our values (Character, Integrity, and Courage), it leads to a slippery slope. When we allow ourselves even a small divergence from Principle, we open up the opportunity to start down this troublesome path.
As you begin 2023, I wish you all love and prosperity as you chase your dreams and strive to become the best YOU possible!