Well, we are closer to a new year, which means New Year’s Resolutions are being made! Are you one to write a list of goals that you want to achieve or do you just sit back and let the new year take its course!? Well, which ever you are, the most popular resolutions are:
Goal setting for the new year as we all know is quite popular, but did you know that 25% quit after the first week and 60% quit within 6 months!! Many reasons being that while I whole heartedly believe in setting goals and going after them like a cheetah chasing its food, but too often we either set too many goals or we make too many plans for just one goal and become overwhelmed.
Personally, I love setting goals for the New Year! It is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future! I have many goals for this year, but I typically try and narrow them down to a few that I can really focus on. When we often think of our goals, many think of fitness and getting healthy! Which sounds good to me because that is RIGHT up my alley and I would love to help! BUT, not all goals have to be fitness focused. As mentioned above, goals can be about family and making it a goal to have at least 1 or 2 nights of family time. Another goal may be to save money for a house (cough cough..ME!) or to purchase a new car. Another big one could just be to find something positive in everyday and write it down. Whatever it may be, goals are good. Goals are important because they are plans for your future and after all, the future is where you are headed!
If you are someone who plans too much or too big and has trouble sticking to it, check out these tips and tricks!
Write down 3-5 outcome goals: These are your long term goals that you strive to achieve in the end. The KEY is to make sure your goals are ATTAINABLE and have a timeline.
Having a timeline for your goals make them more real. Without a timeline, your goal is still just a hope and a dream that you are wishing for.
–> “I want to lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks”
–> ” I want to run a 5k in 8 weeks”
–>” I will pay off my car loan before the 5 year loan period is over” (haha true story!)
Then: Write down 3-5 behavior goals to help you reach your outcome goals. Behavior goals are smaller, attainable goals set to help you reach your outcome goal.
Examples: –> Behavior goals to outcome goals above
–> ” I will exercise 5 days a week for the next 10 weeks”
–> ” I will reach 10 miles a week splitting between 4 days for the next 8 weeks”
–> ” I will pay XX amount extra a month and 1 extra payment a year for the next 4 years” ( See , now I told you so I HAVE to do it!)
To me, setting your behavior goals are CRUCIAL! These allow you to create smaller goals so that you do not become overwhelmed with reaching your end goal. Once one behavior goal is met, set another and another until you have reached your outcome!
Next: DO NOT LET OTHERS DERAIL YOU FROM YOUR GOALS! This is your life, your goals, your plan! As an educator, trainer, and fitness enthusiast, I can not tell you how many times others have tried to sabotage my hard work or how many times I have had clients tell me the same. Making a plan and sticking to it truly tests your strength. How are you going to get where you want to go if you are easily influenced by others. This leads me back to my post on surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded individuals.
This part of goal making is just as important as the planning! Besides, who wants to be surrounded by negative energy anyway!?? NOT ME!! = )
Right now I am still working on my goals because to be honest I have TONS! I am working on narrowing them down and finding which ones are attainable and will also be beneficial by inspiring others.
I would love to hear what your goals are for 2015! If there is anyway I can help you plan, please send me a message to Micki@mickilifestyle.comm!
In the words of the Dr….