Setting your New Year’s goals!
The New Year is a great time to reassess where you are in your life, where you anticipated you would be and it’s a great time to re-evaluate your goals. You know you can start again with a fresh sheet and do what’s important to you.
New Year’s Resolutions often get some negative back lash but they are the perfect way to set goals. Knowing that for dreams or desires to be goals they must have specific qualities, is vital in achieving your long term health goals. Goals are imperative to any endeavour becoming a success. They are the map or route to success. Before you set out on a journey, you know which route will get you there the easiest. It’s the same with your own personal journeys.
‘the harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it’
To ensure you have the best chance of achieving your goals, they must be SMART!
Specific – What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the bigger the chance you’ll get exactly that.
Measurable – Measurable goals means that you identify exactly what it is you will see, hear and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal down into measurable elements. You’ll need concrete evidence. Being happier is great but not evidence; reducing your weight, not smoking anymore are clear measurable elements.
Achievable – Is your goal attainable? That means investigating whether the goal really is acceptable to you. You weigh the effort, time and other costs your goal will take against the profits and the other obligations and priorities you have in life.
Realistic – Do you think losing your desired 2 stone in a week can be done? Make sure you are realistic with your goals, this will give you every chance in achieving them.
Timely – This is key to setting, understanding and achieving! Keep the timeline realistic and somewhat flexible, that way you can keep your morale high. When you begin to see desired progress, reaching your goal within a timescale is easier to envision.
Positive mind set
I can’t stress enough how important this is. If you think you can….you can! It is absolutely imperative to success to believe that you will be successful. Thomas Edison, the great inventor, had an absolute unshakable belief that he could harness electricity into a light bulb. He had to try over a thousand times but he kept going because he knew he could do it and it’s a good job he did! This is why it’s important to set realistic goals so you know you’ll be able to achieve them and to break them down into short, mid and long-term.
Stick with the plan even if you fall off the wagon.
None of us are perfect and we will all have bad days or days when we just couldn’t be bothered. This is fine as long as they’re in the minority. If you do have a splurge or a cigarette or miss a training session in the gym, don’t be too hard on yourself and give up…there’s always tomorrow and you can start afresh. Always use experiences as a lesson. Find out what triggered you to lose momentum and refresh the reasons why you set your goal in the first place, that way you will be able to recognise potential downfalls and
maybe defer a relapse from happening in the future.