2013 New Years Resolutions and Goals.
What are your health and fitness goals? Have you written them down?
Email brad the answers or if you in the secret facebook group here – put down your goals on the goal thread.
Here are five reasons you should commit your goals to writing:
1. Because it will force you to pin point exactly what you want.
2. Because it will motivate you to take action.
3. Because it will help your confidence in all areas of your life.
4. Because it will help you stay with it when you don’t want to. Every meaningful intention, dream, or goal encounters resistance. From the moment you set a goal, you will begin to feel it. But if you focus on the resistance, it will only get stronger. The only way I have found for overcoming it, is to focus on the goal—the thing I want.
5. Because it will enable you to see—and celebrate—your progress. Life is hard. It is particularly difficult when you aren’t seeing progress. You feel like you are working yourself to death, going nowhere. But written goals are like mile-markers on a highway. They enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide an opportunity for celebration when you attain them
Goals setting 101 – This is your first step in getting started toward your 2013 goals.
At some point in the next few Days COMMENT ON THIS POST the answers to the following questions.
1. What is your short term health and fitness goal(s) for 2013. This should be concrete like “I will lose 15 pounds by April 1st (90 days)!” or I will break the 9 minute mark by March 1st in the Mile Run.
2. What are some things you know you must do in order to achieve your short term goals?
3. What are some long term 3, 6, 12 month goals you have? These can be general and do not have to have certain dates or be too specific (but can)
Here is mine.
1. My short term goal is to be more consistent in my workout routine . I would like to be consistent in working out SIX days a week. I would also like be more consistent in eating enough throughout the day. I do eat throughout the day but my goal is to make sure I am putting in the right amount of nutrition I need.
2. I will get in 6 workouts a week by making sure my workouts are on my calendar and I update them each Sunday before the week starts. Even it is a 30 minute workout inside our house, I will add that to the Calendar. To ensure I am eating enough throughout the day, I will make a time each week to fix and prepare fruits, veggies, cooked chicken and other healthy and quick nutrition options. It will also be a time set aside that I will put in my Calendar.
3. Long term goals. – For me it’s about consistency over time. So if I can get a grip on the short term goals they are going to help me long term. I would like to compete in some fitness events in 2013. I did it in 2012 and will seek to sign up for a few more. I think even another GYIS Sprint Tri will be one of them.
What are your 2013 health and fitness goals?
If you are not using our facebook private page, be accountable to them by emailing me at brad @ getyouinshape dot com
It’s a new year.
And if you’re like most people, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and accomplish some of those dreams you’ve held on to for years.
Maybe your goal this year is to FINALLY get in shape… maybe it’s to boost your income… or spend more time with those you love. Whatever your goal may be, chances are very good that you might be committing one of the biggest goal-setting mistakes ever…
In a study published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers looked at how setting and planning to achieve a single goal compared to doing the same for multiple goals.
They found that setting and planning to achieve multiple goals was detrimental to achieving ANY of them!
According to the authors of the study, trying to plan out the accomplishment of many goals at once reminds you of all the obstacles and challenges that stand in your way to achieving those goals. As a result, you’re more likely to get discouraged, not commit and abandon the goals.
Unfortunately, this is the BIG mistake most people make when they set their New Year’s resolutions. They set out to change every area of their life. And then they come to find themselves at the end of the year, not being any closer to accomplishing any of them.
Don’t let this happen to you this year. Instead of trying to multitask, focus on setting and achieving one major goal. If it’s to be healthy, then just focus on making that happen. If it’s to change careers, then make that your focus and priority. Once you’ve created the habits that will make your goal a reality (better yet, once you’ve achieved the goal) then and ONLY then should you move on to your next big goal.
Are there some people who CAN achieve multiple goals at the same time? Sure. But they’re the minority. And unless you KNOW you are the type who can manage and accomplish multiple changes in your life at once, then try sticking to the “one major goal” rule.
There’s a great acronym you can use to remind yourself of this… it’s FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Successful).
So before you burst out of the gate sprinting to achieve every single one of those New Year’s resolutions you set, take some time and figure out which one of them is your top priority. Then, put the others on the back burner until you achieve your most important resolution.
Yes, this isn’t as sexy as the thought of completely transforming every last area of your life in just a few months’ time. But it is a tried-and-true way to guarantee you change at least one big part of your life.
There’s a side benefit too. You’ll find that when you focus on achieving just one MAJOR goal and actually accomplish it, things change. You become super-motivated to achieve more. You’ll find you have plenty of “get-up-and-go” to accomplish the next big goal on your list. Scratch them off, one by one, and soon you’ll look back and see your life has completely transformed from what it used to be.
Follow this tip. It will motivate you and give you the willpower and “gas” you need to accomplish all the other things you’d like to change as well… and success will spill out into other areas of your life.
Here’s to an incredible 2013!