It's almost a New Year, and most of us are--at least mentally--jotting down some resolutions, a few goals to strive for. By February, they'll probably have fallen by the wayside. Why? Because change is HARD. When our initial enthusiasm is ground down by the sheer difficulty of making change, it's all too easy to give up. And that's understandable; there's no penalty for not following through, only relief.

Unless you go public with it.

Have you guys noticed the new Goals board on the wall above the Prowlers? I HIGHLY encourage each and every one of you to put down three CrossFit goals you'd like to realize in the next six months. We all have goats we want to master, or a bigger weight we fantasize moving. Put your name up, and then list them, 1-2-3. If you're new enough to CrossFit you don't even know what you should be striving for, talk to your instructors, and they'll help you set some concrete goals.

The thing is, you have make yourself accountable to someone. Someone who knows only what you've proposed to accomplish, and doesn't care about all the reasons you'll find as to why you can't. They don't care that you don't have enough time, or that it's harder than you thought it was going to be, or that you're not making any progress and it's just a waste of time.

Using that goal board, that someone is the sum of us--your PVCF community. If you need a reason not to give up on realizing your ambition, just remember that everyone around you is also struggling to achieve something, and that quitting only lets your fellow members down. So make your resolutions, and make 'em public. Make yourself accountable, and look forward with certainty to the day you can crow, "I DID IT! Holy $!&7, I DID IT!"