Hi Everyone, Kris from Custom Fitness here, your personal trainer in Amarillo. With a new year right around the corner, resolutions are popping up everywhere. Today we are looking at strategies for succeeding with your new years goals. If you have any questions or would like to bring your goals to a trainer, give us a call: 806-322-3188.
As the new year gets ever nearer, we begin to reflect on the past year, our intentions and goals that perhaps were not given our full attention or abilities. We often begin to panic as we think forward to the coming year and what we feel that we “should” be achieving during it. Maybe you didn’t lose the weight you intended to or didn’t complete the program you had started. Perhaps it was a commitment goal of being somewhere each week that didn’t become a consistent habit. Whatever it was, there’s no need for panic. Panicking now won’t change what hasn’t been done. It won’t magically make you into the person you want to be or create habits that haven’t been built into your life already.
So in order to make 2016 better than any of the years past, let’s instead look at a better way. A simpler way, if you will, to set your new years goals that will ultimately amplify your results.
The Foundations of Goal Setting:
- It all starts with the “WHY”. Why do you want to set & achieve this new years goal? Is it because it is something you actuallyWANT to do or is it just something that you believe you SHOULD do? In all of my years as a personal trainer in Amarillo, there has never been a time that I have seen someone succeed by doing something they “SHOULD” do. This includes when well-meaning friends, loved ones and doctors send people to me to “get healthy” or “just lose weight”. It is only when we give our full effort because we truly WANT to do something that any goal can be achieved.
- Accept yourself as you are FIRST. When we look at what we want our life, our body, our health, our spirituality, etc. to be, often we mistakenly look over the most important element which is who and what we are at this very moment. Before we can change anything, we must first acknowledge and accept who we are today, now, here. Without this acceptance, how can we know what we have achieved once we have finally achieved it? You are an amazing person with wonderful qualities. Does that mean there’s no room for change? Absolutely not. It means that you have a fantastic base to build YOU upon. Think of it as an attitude of gratitude.
- Believe that whatever new years goals you set for yourself, YOU WILL ACHIEVE. Positive thinking is a huge aspect largely overlooked by many when trying to reach goals. Without positive thinking, you will most certainly not end up where you were hoping to be. This doesn’t mean that I believe in the “just think it” method. Instead, I believe that your thoughts fuel your actions, and actions create results.
- Get help where you need it most. As humans, we are not usually experts in all areas. This means that you may possibly choose to set new years goals outside of your area of expertise. This is actually quite wonderful because it means you can reach out to someone else who is an expert in that area and learn something new. What is life if we aren’t constantly learning? As a fitness professional, when people come to me to learn about healthy lifestyle choices, they are actually choosing to come to someone who “knows the ropes” and is using current research to create customized programs for exercise & nutrition so they don’t have to look it up on social media or other blogs. This lightens the load of the goal setter and now gives them a plan of action to follow.
Creating The Perfect (SIMPLE) Goals:
- Choose either 1-2 goals to focus on or maybe just 1 major goal in 4 different aspects of your life (health/body, work, family, spirituality). This will reduce goal anxiety and the overwhelmed feeling of believing you need to accomplish everything at once.
Once you’ve done that begin to set realistic time frames of when you believe you can achieve these goals.For example, most people can lose 1% (1-3lbs) of their body weight per week.
Which then allows you to simply calculate how long it will take to lose that weight – if your goal is to lose 25 lbs and you weigh 160 lbs, then it’ll take you 4 months (6.5 lbs a month) at 1% weight loss per week.
- Now, use your time frames to create a plan of action to reach your goals. (*Finding someone to be an accountability partner can be priceless when taking action towards your goals.)
If you achieve your goal faster, then great!