Editor's Desk - February 2014
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Right on Time

"People need revelation, and then they need resolution."     —Damian Lewis

So, now that we're well into the month of February, how are your New Year's resolutions coming along?

Yes, that's what I thought. Well, you can rest easy knowing you're at least not alone. Less than one in 10 people actually manage to keep their resolutions. Most people give up before January's even over.

As an occasional resolution-setter and resolution-giver-upper, I've read a lot about resolutions and what makes them work—or more often, not work. And despite all the wisdom that behavioral science, psychology and other kinds of expertise have to dispense on the subject, I've come to a different sort of conclusion. I'm starting to think that January 1 is really not the best time to start something new.

You see, for me, wintertime is just not ideal for getting a new goal off the ground. Winter is contemplative. Winter is inward-looking. Winter is the time to mull your plans, not the time to execute them. Winter is time to sit and think and aim for the revelations or insights that proceed your goal-setting.

And if that's the case, then when is the best time for kicking your goal-reaching into high gear? For some people, September is ideal, with all of its back-to-school associations. But springtime—that season of hope and fresh starts—offers another opportunity to look at things in a new way.

So I'm here to tell you: Don't give up on yourself and your goals! Not yet! Why not think of your initial attempts at resolution-keeping as your pilot project? A little test for flaws in your thinking and your approach to your ultimate goal. Use this experience wisely, and then use the next month to make your plan a little bit better.

And if managing your recreation, sports or fitness facility a little more effectively is one of your resolutions, then let us be part of your team. This year, we have a calendar of stories planned for the magazine, as well as special exclusive stories you'll only find online at RecManagement.com. We'll also keep sending along e-newsletters and highlights of new products that can help improve your facilities.

This month, we've got a great lineup of stories, from the deep look into aquatics in our annual Guide to Aquatic Centers to features on sports fields, fitness facility management, concession trends and playground maintenance. Like every issue of Recreation Management, our goal is to provide you with a wide range of coverage, so that we'll be sure to hit on something you need to know.

So hang onto your goals, and don't let them get away from you just yet. Spring is just around the corner, and we have all kinds of things in store for you over the coming months!

Be well,

Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management