Forget the past and start fresh this year. You can be a new you by the time the clock turns 12:00 and puts this year to an end. No matter what your goal, you have a whole year to make your vision turn to a reality and achieve your health goals this year. If you want to lose weight, just shedding two pounds a week will have you 100 pounds lighter by the end of the 12 months and spend the next holiday season looking dazzling and feeling great. It all starts with a goal.
No goal is too big when you break it down to smaller ones.
No matter how much weight you have to lose or how out of shape you are, you can do anything you set your mind to doing. Do you want to be fitter? Run a marathon? Become stronger? Be thinner? Setting a specific goal with your ultimate fitness goal is a start. If it looks overwhelming, that’s okay. You’ve set your sights high. It’s time to break it down into smaller, more doable goals that you can achieve in less time. That way you get the continual motivation that only success can bring. Just because a goal is big doesn’t make it unrealistic, but it does mean you have to break it down to smaller more attainable goals and ensure you have the proper amount of time to achieve it.
Make “Some Day” your today.
You may have carried these goals in your mind for years and even attempted to achieve them before, but failed. It doesn’t matter. Now is the time to take action. Set a time frame to achieve your goal. Start with the mini-goals. You can make adjustments as you go. If you achieve your goal quickly, make the next one a little harder. You need a time frame or the goal will remain a “Some Day” goal. That puts you on the road to failure.
Can you measure your goals?
Be very specific when creating goals. “I will lose some weight” isn’t specific. “I will lose 10 pounds” is. “I want to be fitter” isn’t specific. “I want to be able to lift 180 lbs” is specific. You can measure these goals easily, so you know that you’ve either achieved them or not, with no question. If your goal is to feel better, identify what that means. Does it mean more energy? Less back pain? How will you measure it. Take the time to think about your goal so you have a clear vision of exactly what you want.
- All goals should have these elements. They should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have a time frame.
- Once you have a goal, you need to create steps to achieve those goals. Work on them at least three days a week and carve out a specific time in your schedule to do it.
- Consider working with a trainer to create your goals. He or she can help you create the path to achieve them.
- Remember that only you can make these goals happen and you’re very capable of doing it. Stay on track by looking at your goal the first thing each morning to build your resolve.