It’s almost that time of the year, and yes, I’m writing a very cliche post about new years resolutions. Every January we see an influx of motivated individuals flock to the gym and start their journey to fitness on the treadmills and weights, but what do we see no more than a month later? Almost 80% of those motivated personnel are no longer there, and the gym is back to it’s usual self. Why is this always the case? Every year people make themselves a set of goals to accomplish, but slowly teeter out within the first couple months. The problem in most cases isn’t the individual, but the set of goals. The biggest reason why people aren’t continuing to meet their goals is because the goals they set were far too broad and there is no structure behind the goal itself. When there’s no structure or real plan behind it then for the most part, people will go from 0 to 100 and usually fall on their face. Yes it’s ugly – but it’s the truth. So how can we set some attainable goals that we are more likely to continue working on even after the first 2-3 months of the year? We need to dig a little deeper than just, “I need to start working out this year.”
Structure is going to be your key to success here. From now on, instead of just setting a goal and writing it down as it is – I want you to go a little deeper. If you wrote down a goal of running a half marathon this year and figured you could start running 20 miles a week even though you haven’t ran more than 20 miles in your entire life, you’re probably gonna have a bad time. This is the reason why most “New Years Resolutions” fail. The goal isn’t broken down enough therefore leaving us in the dark as to what we actually need to do and the steps we need to take to achieve that goal.
– Brainstorm a set of 3-5 goals you’d like to accomplish in the new year
– FOR EACH GOAL make a list of things you’re doing that ARE NOT contributing to your success
– Break each goal down by asking yourself “Why” 3-5 times to really uncover why this is one of your goals and how you can achieve it
Example: “I need to start working out more.” WHY. “Because I’ve gained some unwanted weight.” WHY. “Because I go out to eat too much.” WHY. “Because I don’t/don’t know how to prep food.” Boom.
By asking yourself “Why” a few times, the truth slowly starts to unravel and we uncover the real reasons why this is a goal of yours, and the small steps we need to take in order to work towards it. In that case, we uncovered that down the line the food prep was a limiting factor in going out to eat too much and therefore causing the unwanted weight gain. Not to mention if you knew how to meal prep it would save you TIME and then less excuses for not being able to get to the gym in the first place.
– Based on the factors you wrote down that ARE NOT contributing to your success, start cutting one of them out week by week
– Recognize the micro steps you uncovered with your “Whys” and start taking some small but ATTAINABLE steps weekly
– Focus on 1-2 goals at a time, too many can get you overwhelmed and then we’re right back to our old self not taking any action.
Don’t get sidetracked, it’s too easy to convince yourself that you’re not as far as you wanted to be but you have to take it step by step and BE PATIENT. Realize that you’re in this for the long haul and keep chipping away. If you’re a deadline kind of guy like me, you can pick one of those goals that can be met a little sooner than others and set a deadline that is a uncomfortably soon for your liking. This will force you to get moving at a rate that you may have not known was possible for you 🙂 Feel free to reach out if you’re having trouble getting to the bottom of that goal, we love helping people see where they need to go and how to get there.
Stay motivated out there kids.
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