Definition of Resolution: something people make on January 1 and don’t follow through on. Let me go back a step. I am a professional hater. When I see people tweeting out their new year’s resolutions and one word motto that they are going to live by this year I automatically think that failure is waiting to jump out of the shadows to feast on a tasty snack. It will slowly stalk its prey and gently lull it to sleep. Before you know it it is has captured your resolutions without you even realizing until it is too late. You want to cut out chocolate? You will eat a candy bar without even remembering your resolution until you get half way through. Failure wins again! You resolve to stop cursing? That car cut you off and without thinking you let out an utterance that would make your momma slap you in the face and send you to your room without dinner. Failure took your resolution and sold it to letdown for a Zimbabwe Kwacha. Decided to quit smoking cigarettes? Your boss yells at you for something your stupid coworker did and you just need to get out of the office for a break to “relax”. Failure smirks as it easily snatches your resolution and mails it to the devil for a cheap laugh.
That is why this year I have a plan to trick failure! My first step was to make my resolution on September 1 instead of January 1. Yes I agree with you that is brilliant. The New Year’s Resolution Killer didn’t even see it coming! Step two was to make the resolution attainable. Matter of fact it was so attainable that I already completed it before the New Year! Step 3 is to extend the resolution and go public with it. Why go public? So failure would meet its arch nemeses support and awareness! Step 4 triumph over failure by yelling out to the world that I won! I have defeated failure!
Ok that was the longest intro ever. Sometimes I like to hear myself type! Let me explain. On September 30 my mother in law asked our family if we would like to start a 60 day challenge. It was simple. Exercise EVERY day for at least 20 minutes a day. Some days I would play basketball for two hours while other days I would walk on the treadmill at midnight drinking liquids. (to make sure I was hydrated) It didn’t matter what we did all that mattered was that we exercised for 20 minutes that day. We would text each other as soon as we got done so we could support each other. My mother in law and I made it all the way to the New Year without skipping a day! It was a brilliant accomplishment that made me want to go further.
Now this is where I need your help. I want to continue this until the greatest day of the year March 8. I am begging, imploring, asking, appealing, calling, demanding, desiring, entreating, inviting, soliciting and every other synonym you can think of for you to join me. This will help hold me accountable if even one other person joins me on this journey. Whenever you read this blog tweet me @schleiderjustin and post to the hashtag #20minpe every day when you complete your exercise. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It could be walking the dog, walking on the treadmill while listening to a podcast, shoveling snow or any activity that made you active for at least 20 min that day.
I am ready to snatch success from the jaws of failure. So please people if you read this help me become a winner. Make me accountable on a grand public scale. I want to be so scared to let people down that I wake up every day saying I have to get my 20 in today. Who is ready to take on the stealthy assassin known as the New Year’s Resolution Killer with me?
Q1: How do you show stakeholders that we personally value exercise? #slowchatpe
Q2: What do you do to encourage other stakeholders to exercise? #slowchatpe
Q3: Should physical education teachers be physically fit barring medical reasons? Why? #slowchatpe
Q4: Do you ever exercise in front of stakeholders? What does this look like? #slowchatpe
Q5: How can technology assist stakeholders in exercise? #slowchatpe