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A few days ago most of us made some type of resolution for the new year. You may not admit it to anyone but it is there in the back of your mind, something you’d like to change or do different this year. Call them Goals or Resolutions they equate to the same thing, a struggle with yourself, often a battle of endurance which requires willpower! The most common resolutions focus on our personal selves, weight loss, getting into shape, attaining our next belt, other involve our careers or station in life, we will focus on the former here but what we will look at applies to both. The problem with the resolutions most of us make is, they require hard work and effort. Let’s face it if they didn’t we wouldn’t need things called resolutions or goals!
I don’t normally go in for a bunch of motivational gimmicks but I found this one that actually makes sense, SMART:
(Get more in-depth details about Smart Goals here)
Basically this boils down a combination of “keep it simple stupid” and “being realistic and truthful”. You can’t change if you set unrealistic goals, like I am going to loose 50 lbs next week, that is setting yourself up for failure, which if simply an excuse not to try. I have known so many people who take this path, actually everyone takes this path eventually if they are not truthful with themselves. We can learn a lot from addicts in this regard since it is easier to deny the problem then to deal with the problem.
So how do we get on track with our diet and fitness resolutions? First keep reading this blog! Secondly take the baby step method, I remember watching this in the old movie “What About Bob”. You know what, it makes sense. Break your bigger goal into achievable smaller goals, take small steps. It may take longer to achieve your goal but the results will be lasting. Nothing leads to short gains and long term losses then fad diets and an excessive ‘must have it now’ mentality. The catch here is to make the goals achievable but useful, don’t be so easy on yourself that you aren’t moving towards your goal! If you are trying to lose weight and you didn’t lose any last week, don’t have the attitude, “well at least I didn’t gain any!” If you do, you will be saying “well at least I only gained a pound this week” before you know it. Be honest with yourself but not easy! This is training, no wimps allowed!!
I will leave you with this interesting study at the University of Hertfordshire which showed that the people most successful at keeping their New Year’s Resolutions did at least three of the following things:
- broke their goal into smaller steps
- rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these
- told their friends about their goals
- focused on the benefits of success
- kept a diary of their progress.
There you have it, simple advice that will hopefully help you achieve your goals, regardless of when you set them…unless…
but you’re not that deluded…are you?
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