As we are heading into the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions, goals and intentions. A new year brings a lot of possibilities but understanding how last year’s goals played out can have a profound effect.
It might seem like an odd time to be talking about post event emotions as we are all excited about picking new events as we start a new year. An athlete can be coming off a big season, can be unsure of the year ahead, have been stressed by the holidays or even just in a funk. Jumping right into the new year sometimes can be harder than expected.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve had two or three athletes reach out to me about being in a “funk” after completing their goal event for the year. First, kudos to them to acknowledging the “funk” and reaching out! The “post race blues” or “post season blues” are always a consideration for me as a coach as it is important to help my athletes understand that recovery is not just about physical recovery but mental recovery too. And it’s something to consider when signing up for those big events or planning for resolutions!
With the new year, did you resolve for a new year and new you? What were those resolutions? Maybe they were along the lines that you would exercise every day, eat healthy every day, avoid sugar for the rest of this century, and be the perfect spouse, parent, and friend?
Despite all the grand intentions, some resolution creep may have set in. Instead of being a positive force to drive subtle changes, unrealistic and absolute resolutions can set you up for a lot of negativity.
We have enough negativity right now so instead of a resolution consider setting an intention.