It’s MY resolution!

pullup disaster

Elderly man lifting weights --- Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis

I’ve had some interesting responses to my New Year’s Resolution, and those response have really got me thinking.

“What do you mean you can’t do ONE pull up?”
“Is that IT?”
“You’re going to spend a YEAR on this?
“You’ve got through all these years without it – why now?”

So, I found out that something I find very difficult is actually very easy for some other people, which leads to a choice: do I feel inadequate or motivated?

Some people think I lack ambition – why not go for 10 pull ups?

Some people think this target is irrelevant to my life.

Well, here’s my view. Select any skill or ability you have – there will (almost) certainly be  people who can outperform  you – did that fact stop you learning that skill? I’m going to take my time to hit what I believe to be an achievable goal – but it’s clearly not urgent. If I manage a couple of extra pull ups before December, what a bonus… But this target IS relevant to my life, and illustrates a really important belief in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. It’s called “Control constant theory” and I see it a lot working with clients. If you can increase the level of control you have in one area of your life, then that will have a knock-on effect in all the other areas of your life. It is very common for smoking cessation clients to decide they want to change their career or make other lifestyle changes. So, if I can do something I have long held to be “impossible”, then maybe other “impossible” things will look different in the future (and I don’t even know what they are yet!)

So yes, it is only one pull up, and yes it may take me a while, but who knows where it can lead….