Christmas festivities of 2016 have officially come to a close whilst simultaneously the preparations to welcome in 2017 have began.
Twitter today has been filled with positive tweets about people getting a head start on their New Year’s Resolutions – fantastic to see!
I am a big believer in seizing the moment and taking action. On this occasion however, I urge you to pause for a hot minute.
Of recent years, people tend to roll their eyes when it comes to New Years Resolutions and almost gleefully mock them. They get taken as about as seriously as Fat Amy took cardio:
There is even a statistic as to the date the majority of people will give up on their resolutions by (It’s January 9th if you’re wondering).
I asked you to pause on taking action on your resolutions for a hot minute because I don’t want you to form part of that statistic and I’m almost certain you don’t want to make up part of it either.
First things first, you gotta take it seriously. No point in half assing it, after all if you’re gonna do anything in life better to use your full ass. That being said, the best way to make sure you are serious about anything is to be specific. It’s like when you see an old friend and you part ways saying you will have to get together for a coffee in the next few weeks, chances are you’re both walking away knowing that isn’t gonna happen but if you said “oh let’s go for coffee on Thursday”, you know chances are you’re going for coffee with that person on Thursday.
“If you’re going to do anything in life, better to use your full ass”
Tip number 1: be specific.
If you want to get stronger, how much stronger – an extra kilogram or 10 extra kilograms? If you want to lose weight, how much weight? If you want to get faster, how much faster? If you want to run further, how much further? You get my gist.
Now the goal is specific and you know exactly what you want you are off to a strong start. For the first few weeks that will be more than enough to keep you going. Motivation will begin to dip at some point though. The brain is not a big fan of change so when motivation dips you will find you are having lots of negative thoughts about pursuing your goal. One of the strongest will be ‘why am I even doing this?!’ Well let me tell you, that question alone is strong enough to bring your progression to a rather abrupt halt. Particularly, if you don’t actually know why you want to achieve the goal or if the reason your telling yourself is very superficial. Now I’m not saying you have to want to go to the gym to become super muscley but if your going to look good, why do you want to look good? and therein we have the next step for succes:
Tip number 2: Reason.
Be so deep and specific in your why that you can actually feel it. That way when push comes to shove, you know your why is strong enough to get you through!
Motivation is high, nothing can get in your way (I mean there is a reason they say to never try to stop a woman on a mission) so off you go. Take the first step. Oh yes, the first step. How exactly are you going to set about achieving your goal?
Tip number 3: Plan.
Plan. That’s how. Again, this is all about being specific. If you need to increase trips to the gym, are you increasing them by one per week or one per year? Make your plan so water tight that you can’t fail unless you consciously bail on yourself (because it is actually harder than you imagine to make the concious decision to fail). For example, every Monday and Wednesday I’m going to yhe gym between 8 and 9pm. Failure to stick with such appointments is a conscious decision. Therefore meaning you are holding yourself totally accountable for your progress.
Finally and quite possibly one of the most important aspects of goal setting is tip number 4.
Tip number 4: Review.
Reviewing progress. Being able to set aside time to review the process and progress on an appropriately regular basis will significantly aid achievement. If you only assess your goal again at the end of 2017 to find it was in January that you went off track, that’s 11 months of being off track without really noticing/doing anything about it. Alternatively, if you review each month, you have much clearer indicators as to what works and what doesn’t giving you time to amend and adapt as and when required. Remember, your progress is a direct result of your input. Stay in control.
A gift for you.
As a thank you for your continued support over 2016, I have a gift fo you.
I have designed a New Years Resolution planner to help you enter 2017 ready and prepared to smash you goals. Simply click below to download. Complete the plan then put it somewhere you will see it every day. This is a promise to yourself, seeing it every day will act as a means of encouragement, reinforcing the desire to achieve!
Click Here todownload you free NYR planner.
Thank you for all of your support over 2016, have a very Happy New Year! May it be filled with lots of luaghter, amazing adventures and good health! Here’s to achieving all of our goals in 2017!
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