So it happens every year, millions of people make New Years resolutions and every year millions of people fall short of those resolutions. How can you finally succeed at those goals you make for the new year?
It’s actually not as difficult as you might think. It doesn’t matter what the goal is; you need to treat resolutions from year to year as a job. When I say that I mean at the end of a year you need to do a performance review just like you would with your job. Look at what your goals were from that year. Decide how you did in accomplishing those goals. If you succeeded then great job and you are that rare person. If you didn’t, what challenges did you face? Were your goals realistic? What plans did you have to succeed with those goals and was your plan well thought out? If you had a plan, did you follow it? If so, what were the flaws in your plan. Way to often people have vague goals or no plan to achieve their goals. Either way the biggest chance you’ll have to succeed begins with analyzing the previous year.
Once you have analyzed your past year you can make a plan for the coming year to accomplish your goals. If you are serious about those goals you’ll take a little time for planning. Here is the approach I recommend for succeeding with your New Years Resolutions:
1) Establish realistic goals. For example, if you are not currently working out it would be unrealistic to have your goal be to workout 6 days per week for 90 minutes at a time. It would be much more realistic to have a goal of 3 days per week for no more than an hour.
2) Be specific. If you are too general in your goals it’s hard to create a plan to get there. Don’t say I want to lose weight or even I want to lose 60 lbs. It would be better to say your goal is to lose 5 lbs per month. Which is very doable and at the end of the year if you were successful that would be 60 lbs.
3) Once you have established your goal develop a plan to get there. Your focus should then be on the process not the outcome. You know your goal so now focus on doing the daily/weekly/monthly items to give you the best chance of success.
4) Have your goals written and visible. TOMA (top of mind awareness) helps substantially from a psychological stand point to achieve your goals. If you have goals but can forget about them most of us will. Not even on purpose but just by getting too busy. If those goals are written and on display somewhere that you see them regularly it will help keep them fresh in your mind.
5) Reassess your progress on a regular basis. I generally recommend a weekly and monthly analysis. The weekly one should just be a quick recap of how you did that week with the process. The monthly should look at where you are at towards the big goal, obstacles that got in the way, and plans to overcome and succeed going forward.
No matter what, the challenge is real. Understand that you may have some setbacks along the way. If you are normal that will happen. Adopt a mind set of no letting setbacks derail you. When you do your weekly assessment if you had a bad week know how you are going to fix it and the flush the bad week and move on. It’s also very important to have a support system that helps with accountability, motivation, and information. That support system should know your goal and challenges and then they can be there to help when times are tough and also when it’s going well.
I hope this helps and I rooting for you to have an amazing 2018.
If I can be of help with you accomplishing your goals please let me know. Absolute is about so much more than just working out. We are about creating that lifestyle for those adults who struggle with health and fitness.
Cheers to 2018!
Jeff Miller, Owner/Head Performance Coach
Absolute Fitness & Sports Performance