New years resolutions; What are yours and how will you stick with them?

By Skip

New year resolutions are upon on. Statistics show that the majority of us will blow these resolutions and goals within the first couple of weeks. How can we succeed and achieve what we have set out to do for the year? That is an age old question and I would like to share my thoughts on this.

First, it is important to set your goals so that you can obtain them.  I was once told that “if you obtain your goals, you didn’t set them high enough.”  The older I get, the more I disagree with that concept.  If you never meet any of your goals, you have no sense of accomplishment.  It is better to setup a small series of goals to meet your ultimate goal.  That way you can take baby steps to where you need to head.  There is no better feeling than checking off that accomplishment on your list, right?

How much time can you commit to meet your goal?  Will it take 5 hours per week?  20 hour per week?  How much time do you really have to spare?  Break it down into a daily commitment time frame and then see if your goal is realistic.  Don’t, however, make excuses saying things like “I don’t have a minute to spare… how am I suppose to squeeze in 30 minutes of running every day?”  THAT IS NOT AN EXCUSE! However, if you have a demanding job and a family, then committing to 30 hours a week to train for an Ironman might not be in your future and certainly not realistic.

When you look at your goals, you must also examine how realistic they are.  I continue to sight athletic references but all of these concepts apply to all areas off commitment.  If you are a 40 year old (such as myself) you can’t expect to make the Olympics….. or can you? Look at Dara Torres.  She redefined the limits of age and what people expect.   Rumor has it that the older she gets, the faster she gets.  She is an amazing example of someone who does not make excuses, especially when it comes to age.

Lay out a detailed plan of how you are going to reach your goal.  This is kind of redundant of what I have previously said but if you don’t have a detailed plan in action, you are not going to achieve it.  If you fall behind on one step it is important to know WHAT your steps are so you can make up for it.  If not you will get lost and you will start to lose hope.

What gets you motivated in life more than anything?  Figure out that passion!  You have to have passion for what you do and what you want to do.   If you don’t have that deep rooted motivation it will be very hard to continue when things get tough.  It is that motivation that will get you going when times are tough; when it is 20 degrees outside, when you don’t feel 100 percent or wake up with a hangover, when it would be so much better to sleep in than to go workout for an hour.  If you have that little extra something to drive you, you will have a better chance to achieve your goals.

If you miss one of your “mini” goals or you feel like you have “blown it,” don’t give up too quickly.  Everybody stumbles along the way, don’t let one missed goal derail you from the bigger picture.  The solution is simple…. forgive yourself!  Pick yourself up and, if you have to, start all over again.  Don’t let one thing create a bigger excuse for you not to succeed.

Whatever you are trying to achieve, get in a habit of doing it every day.  We are creatures of habit and we enjoy a routine.  You need to define the perfect routine for your goal and make it a daily event.  If it is something like exercise, stick to a schedule, like getting up before work.  Try to be consistent.

Wow, quite a bit of talk from me, eh?  So what are my personal goals for this year?  I would have to say that it is too early to tell to look at the “big picture.”  Last year at this time I thought I knew what I would be doing and yet I exceeded those goals and took myself to a whole new level.  Heck, my goal was to finish a 5K on my 40th birthday.  That’s right, I was looking to finish, not compete!  I should have known that competition runs through my blood and just finishing is not an option.  One thing that I know for sure that I need to concentrate on is my core training. I am weak on core training and can not seem to get motivated for that when it appears on my training plan.

Whatever your goals are, use me to help you achieve your goals.. need to stop smoking?  I can help!  need to lose weight?  I can help!  Need to eat better? I can help!  Let’s do it together, okay?  No more excuses.  This is the year you can turn your life around.

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