By Definition Your New Year's Resolution is Stacked Against You

The new year represents a fresh start, new possibilities, and a chance for things to be “different”. For many of us, New Years is a great opportunity to revisit goals, and reassess what we want to accomplish this year. This could be an argument in semantics but I think it is important that we set goals not resolutions.

Did you know that 80% of people that make resolutions fail by February? I believe that occurs because many actually need to set goals instead. Resolutions, by definition, refers to a decision that was made to keep. For example, I will stop drinking coffee or I will wake up at 6 am Monday-Friday. These resolutions as simple as they may seem lack a deep purpose. Goals, on the other hand, are more like targets, that requires a process to achieve. Statements like, I will lose 25 lbs by May 1st by exercise 3x/week and tracking my food is GOAL. See the difference?

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins

Below are 6 tips to actually making your goals a reality:

1. Plan– If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That means you start by planning your goals. From there work backwards. We call this “reverse engineering”. Break things down into small chunks; daily, weekly, monthly targets.

2. Start Slowly– Slow and steady wins the race. What’s the one thing you can do right now to feel better? Do you try to come to class one more time a week? Or do you stop eating gluten as a better substitute? Is that can of beer ruining your goal? You decide.

3. Make it Official– Shout out from the roof-tops. “I will _______ by _____!” The fear of embarrassment and the accountability of others is a magical thing. That’s why we love training in the group atmosphere.

4. Be specific- Numbers are everything. Just saying I want to lose weight or feel better is not enough. I want to lose 5% body fat and 3 waist sizes by April 2017 is a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal.

5. Take a picture– Nothing shows better proof of your success than before and after pictures.

6. Make it a competition- Have someone join you. Let the best man or woman win. Nobody likes to lose, and competition will keep you focused on the end goal.

Just remember anything is possible with hard work and consistency. Lets make 2018 GREAT AGAIN!

Mario Ashley, Owner, Naples S&C