New Year, Improved You
Become fit, read more books, eat healthier, be happier, visit family more often, save money, exercise regularly, become more organized… the list goes on and on for New Years resolutions that everyone loves to make, but not everyone is able to keep. While having goals set for the new year is a positive way to kick off 2017, it is easy to become frustrated when February 1st has rolled around we have already lost sight of what we want to accomplish. Before we know it, our motivation is lost and we are waiting for a new year to come around to make new goals. The cycle is endless and can be tiring. I am here with some tips to help you keep sight of your goals, stay motivated, and to have those goals accomplished by the end of 2017 so there is room for new goals in 2018.
Tip #1 Make one change at a time
When motivation strikes, it is easy to pile on goal after goal of what we want to accomplish. Take a minute, step back, and prioritize. Often times to conquer one goal, there are many steps that go along with accomplishing that one thing as it is. For example, weight loss. If someone is aiming to lose weight, that weight loss must come from a combination of exercise and diet. That is already two categories that your one goal is broken down into. Keep your goals in site by prioritizing. Once you have one goal accomplished, move onto another. This will keep you motivated and more likely to stay on track and avoid frustration from failure.
Tip #2 Turn general goals into S.M.A.R.T goals
“Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely”. Have a goal to lose weight and become more in shape this year? That’s great! However, how are you going to get there? When you do you want to be there? How much weight do you want to lose? The desire to lose weight and get in better shape is a great goal… if it is realistic and specific enough to achieve. You are more likely to stick with your goal is you have a plan of attack and have something to measure.
“I want to lose 30 pounds by July 15, 2017 (1 pound per week) to be in better shape to play with my grand children, and will accomplish this by incorporating vegetables into my meals daily and by walking for at least 30 minutes 3 times per week.” By turning a generalized weight loss goal into a SMART goal, there is now a weight to measure and keep track of, and the beginning of a “plan of attack” to achieve the goal.
Tip #3 Prepare for setbacks- we are all human
Set backs will happen, but it important to not view them as failures. Expect to have off days, but be prepared to fight through them. The more you overcome, the sweeter your victories will be.
Tip #4 Get rid of the word “resolution” overall
“Res·o·lu·tion (Rezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/) The act of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter”
Defining a resolution as a “problem”, or “dispute” is synonymous with comparing January 1st to another Monday morning. Personally, I do not associate my New Year’s resolutions as such because more times then not, it turns out to be a negative experience. Once a problem is “solved” we leave it behind and move on to a new problem in hopes we won’t face this one again. Goals are typically set as a positive idea of what we want to accomplish and we can continue to grow from them. Once a goal is achieved, we can make a new goal based off of the accomplishment of the first. The objective here is to turn these goals into positive aspects of your everyday life. Once you complete it…remember the experience, use what you’ve learned, and grow from it.
A new year is 365 days worth of opportunities to challenge yourself. Have fun, be patient, acknowledge the downfalls, and celebrate the successes. Use these tips to guide you to make 2017 one of your most successful years yet.
For a complimentary personal training session to help drive your fitness motivation, email me at Kaitlinj@acac.com with your New Years goal and how you plan to achieve it.