Well, it’s that time again, the beginning of the year where tradition says to set resolutions for the next 365 days. You know, to say you're going to really change this year in some way that you just could not fit into your schedule in December. Maybe it’s spending more time with the family, hitting the gym, volunteering, getting out of debt, and the list goes on. But face it, something that generic is bound to fall apart by February.

The thing about resolutions is that they are associated with goals, but separated by broad ideas rather than specificity. Sure, your main resolution may be big, but don’t forget about the stepping stones to take you there. Rather than regular resolutions, this is an ideal time for almost any sailor to make a goal for the year, and many more to make sure it can even come to realization.

Instead of saying, “I will win my class championship,” and leaving it at that, make smaller goals to get to that point. And one must not forget the important of measuring success. Each stepping stone goal must follow a more specific aspect of your ultimate goal. Hitting the gym three times a week for at least 45 minutes, practicing two times a week on the water, writing accurate regatta notes after each day of racing, etc.; things like this you can check off and look back to see results that you have created.

While all these things will not guarantee your ultimate goal, since you are not the only person who wants to win, you are a better competitor and have actually succeeded in multiple other “resolutions.” We are not hardwired to make change fast, but with hard work, results are possible. 

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Sailing or non-sailing related?

Cait Taylor is part of the Sailgroove Team and is just getting into blogging. Offended, intrigued, or want to know more, feel free to email her at polls@sailgroove.org .