Good morning and Happy New Year!
It’s the second day of the new year… Are you still on track for reaching your resolutions or have you already fallen off the wagon?
Because there aren’t enough articles on the interwebs on how to keep your resolutions, I’m going to give you my take and it might be helpful to some (if not just me). Although most of my 2015 goals are fitness related, I feel this outline can be helpful for helping you reach just about any goal.
1. Recognize and write down what your goals are. Keep them somewhere you look on a regular basis. Posted on the fridge. As a note in your phone. In your journal. Anywhere that works for you.
2. Break down your goals into smaller ones. This will require you to be specific in your goals. For example, if you’re a beginner runner, rather than saying “I’m going to run more consistently,” make a goal to run 500 miles this year. This breaks down to 42 miles per month and roughly 10.5 miles per week. I like to think of the beginning of every week and every month as a new beginning. Why contain it to just the new year?
3. Ease into it. At the beginning of the new year, we have great big ideas for what we want to do with ourselves and our lives, which is great! All of that enthusiasm and excitement really gets us pumped, but when we delve into things too fast and too hard, we burnout even faster. Ease into it. Have a
nasty delicious habit of eating a decadent dessert every night? Begin by cutting one out every week and/or replacing it with a small piece of chocolate.
4. Make (and stick with) a plan. You can Google pretty much anything and find a plethora of information, especially in fitness routines. A plan to run a whole race. A plan to PR a race. A plan for getting your body ‘toned.’ A plan for PR’ing a lift. Whatever your goal is, make a plan to reach it and stick with the plan as closely as possible.
5. Tell people about your goals. We all have, or at least know of, those people who don’t want to hear about it. So reach out to those who are interested. Have a friend who’s lost weight? Reach out to that person to tell them about your goal of dropping some pounds. This person can provide encouragement and maybe even some advice and lessons learned. The other great thing about reaching out to those who have a genuine interest in what we’re doing, they will ask how we are doing. Its a sense of accountability.
6. Envision yourself. Most of the goals that people make are lifelong goals, whether or not they realize it. See yourself achieving these goals. See yourself slipping into something smaller and feeling awesome while strutting your stuff. Imagine how much money you’ll save by putting down the cigarettes. Think about how great you’ll feel looking back at that finish line photo from that race. Whatever your goal is, envision yourself making it.
7. Celebrate! Good for you! You’ve run an entire 5k without stopping or walking. You’ve dropped 50 pounds. You’ve followed your training plan and you’ve not only PR’d in the half marathon distance, but you also placed. Congratulations! Whatever your goal was that you achieved, celebrate it, no matter how big or small. Its the victories that keeps us going. Indulge in a well deserved spa day or buy that new pair of shoes. Do something for yourself because you just did something that other people have tried and given up on.
8. Don’t be so hard on yourself. These are goals. They are not the end-all-be-all of our existence. We are all human and we will all have great, good and bad days. It happens. Every day is a new day to start again. Think about all the times you gave up and how far along you’d be if you never gave up in the first place. We will have those dark moments and days when we feel like the world is against us, but much to our surprise, its not. It really is okay if you have to walk in that race. It really is okay if you don’t reach that bench press PR. Tomorrow is a new day and there will always be other chances, but don’t give up on your goal or yourself. People who are great at what they do started somewhere, too, but they’re also human.
What is one of your goals for 2015?
Is there something you’ve learned to be helpful in reaching a goal?