Happy New Year Gents!

You know, there’s been a lot of back and forth about whether you should make a New Year’s resolution or not.  Nowadays it seems to be the cool thing to say “To hell with New Year’s resolutions. You should be doing your best each day!”

I get that.  I really do….but… (you knew there’d be a but)

Everyone needs a time to reset and get things back in order.  The new year represents a time of rebirth, growth, and a fresh start; a chance to start over and do better.

But why the New Year?  I would counter with “why not?”  It’s as good a time as any, which brings up the point of the many detractors of the traditional New Year’s resolution:  Why only make your resolutions once per year?  You should be making a resolution to be better every day.

On that point I kind of agree, but I also think said detractors are missing one subtle point about the New Year’s resolution.  It marks the start of something bigger.  You’re stating your goal and it’s up to you to see that goal through for the rest of the year.  It’s merely the beginning.

Sure, you could do the New Year’s resolution on any day really, but you could also celebrate Christmas on any day of the year. The date itself isn’t really important in and of itself, but rather the significance behind it.

So where am I going with this?  Quite simply, if you want to make a New Year’s resolution, more power to you!  Truly, I wish you the best -I even made some resolutions of my own- but it is up to you to see it through.  Don’t be one of those millions of people filing into the gym on January 1st, but then flaking out by the time February rolls around.

Every year is a time to start clean.

Every month is a time to start over.

Every week is a time to focus back on your goals.

Every day is a chance to see your resolutions through.

I’m going to leave you with a little lesson that I’ve learned throughout my time studying martial arts.  At every testing for rank, the instructor would inevitably ask the following question, “Who’s testing today?”  Invariably, all the new students testing would raise their hands and then look around bewildered when the senior students would begin raising their hands as well.  They weren’t scheduled to test today…why were they raising their hands?

Because the question of who’s testing today is a trick question…

We’re testing every single day.  All of us.

Every day is a day to prove you are growing, becoming better.  Like belt testing and New Year’s, you should be treating every day like it’s THE day.  Today is game day.  Tomorrow is game day.  Yesterday was game day.

Every day is game day so give it your all.

Happy New Year,

Gentleman Jak