Did you know that you are more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down?
In a few weeks, we will hit the time of the year where everyone will be making goals for the new year. I wanted to give a few tips for increasing the odds that your goals stick and arent a flop. Many people will create goals around weight loss and fitness. Of course, I am a huge supporter of these goals if done in a healthy and safe manner.
Tip 1: Decide what your goal is. Instead of making a really broad or general goal such as “I want to lose weight or get healthy in 2017” make it specific. For example, I want to lose 50 lbs, I want to pay off 6,000 dollars of debt, or I want to work out 6 out of 7 days a week. Take this step of goal planning seriously. You have to be 100% committed to any goal for it to be successful. If you are not all in you’ll call it quits on a hard day.
Tip 2: Set reasonable milestones throughout the year to check in. Don’t be laser-focused on your goal for 3 weeks in January than in March let it slide but be frustrated when nothing changes. Consistency is key to achieving any goal.
Tip 3: Hold yourself accountable. Make a vision board or print out motivational quotes/pictures to put somewhere you will see every day. For someone working on healthy eating, make a vision board on the fridge door or on the bathroom mirror. Also, have a “person” to hold you accountable. Someone who you live with, work with or talk to daily who will push you and support you.
Tip 4: Be realistic. Don’t ditch your goal when you have one bad day. Life is crazy busy. It’s ok to mess up or have a bad day. Cut yourself some slack every once in a while. No one I repeat NOONE is perfect.
Tip 5: Celebrate the successes! No matter how small – celebrate it. Write down the ways you will celebrate and cash them in when your successes happen. When you get to the 5lb mark towards your overall goal of 50 celebrate!!
Tip 6: Put your pen to paper. There are awesome fitness specific journals to use: Check out this Fitbook! What I love about it is the combination of gratitude and check in with food, exercise, and positivity. Don’t feel like you need something fancy to track your goals. A sticky note or the notes section of your smartphone will do just fine.
What are your goals? What is stopping you from sitting down and putting them into action? Don’t let the fear of failure stop you.