Does this happen to you? You get to the end of December, and each year you make a goal for the coming twelve months. Have you made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight? Perhaps you made a New Year's Resolution to get in amazing shape? How about losing body fat? All of these are great goals for 2018 - being fitness professionals, these are the things we live our lives around doing - but you know what happens more than 90% of the time? You quit by February. Here is more sobering news: after you quit, it is rare you ever start again.
However, this post isn't meant to be depressing. There is GOOD news, too. You CAN accomplish your New Year's Resolution, and I'm going to outline the best way to do so.
How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolution:
- This may seem obvious, but it is the most important step: you need to set a SMART goal. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time Oriented. If you don't have a goal laid out in this manner, how will you know if you are close to achieving it?
- Step two is making sure your goal has a WHY. Why, in this case, is the true motivation behind your New Year's Resolution. Why do you want to lose weight? To play with your kids. Why do you want to get in great shape? To hike the Grand Canyon with your spouse. Strong motivating factors such as these keep you coming back to the gym when you're tired, and choosing the apple instead of the bag of chips when it is late at night and you are hungry.
- Third, get an accountability partner. Yes, I'm serious about this. You need to have at least ONE person who is going to ask you if worked out today. How about your food choices? It is even better if your accountability partner is also working out and eating better, or has the same goal as you.
- Fourth, you need to plan out how to accomplish your goal. Do you want to lose weight? You'll need a workout plan and a nutrition plan. Are you looking to lose body fat? Ditto. Without a well-thought out plan, you simply won't be able to succeed no matter your effort - and that is frustrating.
- Finally, you absolutely have to have patience. You are not going to achieve your New Year's Resolution in 4 weeks time. You must give yourself time to actually realize your goal. Check in every few weeks to see if you're on the right track. Have you lost weight from January to February? Great work! You're on the right path. Don't be upset you haven't reached the finish line yet.
Step 5 may be the most important of them all. Results do not happen over night. You MUST have patience in order to achieve any goal, whether your goal is to lose weight, get in shape, or save money for a house. Nothing happens quickly. Now, if you're feeling a little overwhelmed about how to make your plan to achieve your goal, we'd love to help. We're kicking off our Health and Fitness Challenge on January 6, 2018. With our challenge you'll receive an exact plan on how to eat, semi-private fitness training, and an entire community of supporters geared toward helping you achieve your goals. Interested in learning more? Click here.