I hope you had a very jolly Christmas and an amazing New Year!! This coming year is going to be the best year of your life, I can feel it.
January signals the month of “New Years Resolutions” and I have yet to meet anyone who has set a resolution and seen it through… So today I am going to dive into how you can turn your resolutions into goals and make them happen.
New Year’s Resolutions…
I don’t know about you, but every year I set out a new resolution for the coming year, I never actually do it. Or even get close to doing it.
So what I want you to do is switch away from resolutions and start setting goals. Start thinking about what you want to achieve throughout the year. It can be a weekly goal, a monthly goal, a goal for the year or anything you would like to achieve this coming year. For me, I set a personal goal and a professional goal. But you can select whatever goal you want to hit. So here are my top tips for setting, working towards and achieving your goals this coming year!
Don’t over do it from day 1 and bite off more than you can chew. For example, you want to set your sights on something that you truly believe is achievable. Yes it may take some work, sacrifice and consistency to get there, but you have to make it achievable otherwise it’s never going to develop.
Keep your list of goals short, with maybe 1-3 goals for the year. That way you won’t be overwhelmed by them and you can maintain your focus as the year goes on. You can always add more goals in as the year progresses as you may start to tick them off! But, definitely don’t overwhelm yourself from day 1.
Sounds simple, but write your goals down. Pin it somewhere you walk by every day and remind yourself what you’re working to achieve. It really works. Last year, I started tracking my own health and fitness journey. I wrote down my goals for the year, I also tracked where I was at in January. When I went back to review it in November I was completely shocked at how far I had come. I totally lost myself in the process that I didn’t really notice the changes and progress I had made. I was a really nice surprise.
5. Once you have your goals, it’s time to create processes.
So you’ve sat down, really thought long and hard about how you want to improve your life in one way or another. Now, the fun stuff starts. It’s time to think about what you are actually going to do to make your goals a reality. What steps can you take daily, weekly or monthly to make sure you are moving in the right direction. For example, your goal might be to gain 10lbs of muscle throughout the year. From here you might want to break that down monthly or weekly and then say, okay, 10lbs of muscle in a year equals roughly 1lb of muscle per month. Therefore, to gain weight I need to be eating in a calorie surplus and doing some form of resistance training. From this point you can now think about routines in your day to day or weekly life and monitor this every month to see if you’re on track.
Once you have a few things jotted down its time to get to work. Be consistent and enjoy the journey.
January is a great time to set some new goals for yourself. It elicits a new beginning, a fresh start and another opportunity to make improvements in your life. Even if you set a goal, work towards it for a few months then life catches up. You will still be further along the process than when you started!
If you ever need any advice or support on setting goals, I would love to help educate, motivate and empower you to get into the best shape of your life this year! All you have to do is drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org