You’ve set your goals for this year, you’re determined to make a change, now what?
Go on a diet? Hire a PT? Join a gym? Sign up for the latest fitness classes?
Does this sound like what happens every January? You start the diet, join the gym then you fall off the wagon, lose all enthusiasm and find yourself back where you started.
It doesn’t have to be like that, let me show you with a different approach, how you can achieve your goals in 2019.
Start From Where You Are
First of all, you don’t need to start at the beginning again. Where is that anyway? Start from your own point rather than where you think everyone else is and use the experience you’ve gained from what you’ve done before. Think of what you did last time you set out to achieve a goal, what worked well? What didn’t work so well? What do you think you would do differently now to get a better result? This is a useful step so you don’t repeat the same mistakes again.
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You’ve probably heard of SMART goals but here’s my take on the acronym:
Not even superheroes can do everything on their own. When you’re on your journey towards your goals, you will need support to guide you in the right direction. This can be a Personal Trainer or having your friends and family on board to give you support can help too.
You’re going to stand on the scales on a regular basis if your goal is to lose weight but it shouldn’t be the only way of measuring your progress. Break down your goals into smaller ones so maybe weekly or monthly goals that you can work towards to make sure you’re on track. If your goal is to get fitter, think of what would be a useful way to measure your progress like a fitness test and if your goal is to run a half marathon or marathon, try using parkrun or do a 10k every month and see how you’re improving.
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You will need someone or some thing to make sure you do what you said you would do. This can be having an appointment with a Personal Trainer, a buddy who is doing this with you and won’t let you not go for a walk or run in the same way as you won’t let them cancel.
The easiest way to make your goals more achievable is get into a routine with all the steps you know you need to make. If your goal is to lose weight, why not start by improving your breakfast and do that every day? Once that feels like it’s becoming easy, start improving what you have for lunch and so on. If you want to run a marathon, get into a routine of running on certain days.
A good way to do this is to keep a journal and log not just what you eat or what you do but also how you feel, what you’re doing well with, what you’re not doing so well with and what you can do differently tomorrow to get better. Remember that from earlier? This will give you very powerful feedback and help you manage your own journey and a great way to reflect on your journey when you succeed.
By following this approach, you can increase your chances of achieving your goals and reducing the likelihood of being in the same place again in January next year.
How do you feel about succeeding in achieving your goals this year?
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