New Years Resolutions or “Goal Setting”
No matter what change you’re trying to make in your life — whether it’s fixing your daily nutrition, getting better performance in the gym, improving your body composition, getting rid of a bad habit, whatever, remember that the keys to success are planning, consistency and constant progress.
We’ve put together a great list of tips that are sure to keep you from failing at, or not completing, your 2019 resolutions.
Specific – Make your New Year’s resolutions specific. Instead of saying you’re going to the gym three times a week, tell yourself you will go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30PM. The more specific you can be with your goals, the more likely you’ll follow the routine and make it stick.
Measurable – When making your resolutions, make them realistic and achievable. A good resolution is also something that you can manage and measure. Having a challenge is fine, but do not start out shooting for the stars during your first month. If you take on something that is going to be too ambitious, or demanding of your time, you’re setting yourself up to fail. For lasting success throughout 2019, break your big goals up into measurable mini-goals. Focus on the smaller goals one at a time and work yourself up.
Attainable – After you’ve figured out what you want your measurable and specific goals to be for the year, write them down so you can visualise them daily. See yourself achieving these goals you’ve set for yourself. By writing your goals down, and visualising them, you’re planting these thoughts deeply into your subconscious. It can be an effective tool for making progress. Make sure you place this list in a spot that you’ll see often. A computer screen, refrigerator or mirror are good places.
Realistic – Building good habits and achieving your goals means you have to be realistic. We talked about a routine in the above tip. Routines help you to be consistent. Consistency also means holding yourself accountable, not just working towards your goals whenever the mood strikes you. Be realistic and build good habits you can stick to. Cleaning up your diet means eating nutritious meals all week long. You’ll never hit your fitness goals without being consistent or realistic.
Time-Bound – If you’ve made it this far you should be taking advantage of your mini goals by working on them consistently to make constant progress. Achieving and celebrating small milestones will allow you to make your own inspiration. This will keep you dedicated and wanting more. You’ll also have more confidence and feel more positive about decisions to make a healthy change.
Forgive and Move Forward – If at first you don’t succeed, don’t worry too much. Move forward and use it as motivation to put in more work. You’re going to slip up, and you’re going to fail. Forgiving yourself is part of the process if you want to succeed and hit your goals by the end of the year.
We hope that these tips help you keep your focus for smashing your goals this year. If you need extra help achieving your goals have a chat to one of our coaches so that they can guide you in the right direction to help you on your journey.
And lastly, tell everyone. Like, literally, everyone. I’m serious. The more we are encouraged and held accountable, which involves communicating our goals, our progress and eventually our success to others, the more we will stick with it.