February, 2017 – almost 3 months into the new year – do you know where your New Year’s Resolutions are?
Just a few short months ago you had a plan: New Year, New Goals, New You – right? How is that going for you? Are you sticking to the plan or was the plan tossed off to the side? Or did you really even have a plan to start with? If you are anything like me, you may try to wing it for a while and then POOF, what you were trying to accomplish becomes a fleeting moment of “oh yeah – I forgot about that.” Learn from my mistakes and trust me when I say that a goal without a plan is one big setup for failure. You need to know your WHAT, HOW, WHEN and have a PLAN B. Here are 10 tips to help you create a plan and reach your goals THIS YEAR.
- Set resolutions that are realistic and based on your personal history. Learn from your failures. If you want to exercise five days a week and you haven’t done it in the past, try to do something that you are positive you will and can do. Start with exercising twice a week. And go from there.
- Set “in between goals”. You might want to lose 50 pounds or get a 6 pack, but it won’t happen overnight. Set your sights on small goals that will lead you to the big goal. Completing the small goals will keep you motivated and excited to reach the ultimate goal.
- Evaluate whether or not you have the skills to attain your resolution. If you want to start a strength-training program but have never lifted a weight or been inside a gym, there’s a good chance you’ll get intimidated or confused and give up. If you’re not sure how to reach your goal, get help – I know the PERFECT trainer to help you.
- Write down your resolution and your plan. Be clear on what your goal is, how you plan to reach it and what you will do if you slip up. A well laid out plan will help to ensure success.
- Keep track of your progress. For example, if you write down each workout, in time you can look back at past workouts and see the gains you’ve made. Need a workout journal? Click here to get my 12 week journal that will keep you motivated, on track and moving towards your goals.
- Be positive. If you say you can, you can! The way you talk to yourself really affects your ability to attain your goals. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re human! Acknowledge it, figure out why you slipped up and remember what happened so you will be ready for the next time.
- Lose the excuses. Excuses are just reasons that you create because you are too scared to move forward. Don’t let excuses and fear keep you from your goals.
- Get support. Reach out to your family, friends or a group of people who share the same goal and who can encourage you and help you through difficult times.
- Use common sense. Avoid tempting situations that my cause you to make poor choices. If your downfall is ice cream, then don’t walk into the ice cream shop.
- Be prepared! If you plan to go to the gym after work, have your bag packed & ready to go the night before. If you want to eat better, make enough healthy foods to last you all week. Put them in clear containers in the fridge for easy to grab meals.