How To Set Goals & Keep Them
This Year, Don't Just Make A New Years Resolution. Make A Life Change.
With the New Year well and truly commenced, you've probably set yourself some resolutions. Maybe you're still going strong, maybe you've broken a few and hey, that's ok! You're only human.
About 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by February. Year after year, one of the most common resolutions is fitness or health related. Typically the goal is to create a resolution that eventually leads to a healthier lifestyle- so what are some of the best ways to not just set goals, but stick to them?
Don’t Make a Resolution, Commit to an Evolution
Since resolutions have a higher potential failure rate, switching the focus to making a permanent change is a more productive alternative.
Anyone can make a resolution- it takes commitment, strength and focus to make an evolution. The best way to tackle a long term evolution is to set up smaller goals for yourself along the way, and make sure you’re making choices to help you live a healthier, happier life!
Write It Down
Having an idea of where you want to be in the New Year is great, but having a written plan is important when distractions occur or life gets in the way. It’s important to stay connected with your goals, so write them down and keep them in a place where you can see them every day!
Keep a note on your fridge, have daily reminders in your phone, add your goals to memo sections of your planner, whatever will work best for you to remind yourself of what you’re looking to accomplish. For those of you that are new to goal tracking, try keeping a notebook of your goals and revisit them every week, month or even after a year to see how you’re progressing and the positive changes you’re making!
Set Up an Accountability System
The best way to stick to your goals is to have accountability! Get an accountability partner (someone with similar goals as you), share your journey on social media, or keep written track of your progress to make sure you’re sticking to your goals.
Don’t let yourself down- pick an accountability system and stick to it!
Find a Goal That’s Worthy of You
Starting a journey towards a better, healthier you is never easy. This is why it’s important to focus on finding a goal that’s worthy of you, not the other way around. If you choose a goal based on what you think is expected of you, or where you think you should be in the New Year, it’ll be harder to stay focused and persevere when things get tough.
Pick a goal that will uplift you, is important to you, and is worthy of your life.
As mentioned, starting a new journey is never easy. But being prepared for potential challenges, distractions or any roadblocks is going to completely change how you handle them when they arise.
Make a list of all the potential problems that could come your way when pursuing a new goal and 2-3 ways that you can tackle them. Of course there will be challenges that you come across that no one can anticipate, but having any sort of contingency plan will allow you to feel more prepared to handle any potential issues- not just the ones you anticipate.
Remember, the focus shouldn’t be on what kind of goal you choose- but rather on evolving into living a healthier life! Stay focused on you, and creating healthier habits will be easier than you think.
Want a little extra assistance? Committing to a fitness challenge can be an excellent way to hold yourself accountable. The Snap Fitness 6 Week Challenge gives you everything you need - from daily workouts to nutrition plans and recipes tailored to you and your goals. To find out more about our upcoming February challenge, click here.
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