How To Set New Year’s Goals You Will Achieve For A Healthy 2018
Did you know only 8% of people that set a resolution actually achieve their New Year’s goals? 92% of people have good intentions but just abandon them after a few weeks or so.
We can do better than that. I know it.
And 2018 is the year to make what you want HAPPEN.
I am here to help you succeed and make your goals a reality! I want to help you be the person you want to be. What do you want for your life in 2018? Here’s how to set New Year’s Resolution goals you will achieve and my #1 secret to positive results that last.
How To Set New Year’s Goals You Will Achieve:
- Create a clear vision. Creating a clear vision helps you choose where you want to go in life and motivates you even when the going gets tough. What is the outcome you want from your resolution? What will your life look like if you achieve your goal? That is your vision, the positive end result.
- Make a powerful visual reminder. Creating a vision board is considered by many to be a vital step on the road to success. Since positive, focused thinking is the key to achieving goals, pinpointing what those goals are and having something tangible to symbolize them is an essential part of the process. Read my guide on how to make a Vision Board to achieve your goals here. I make one for every new year and swear by it’s “magic powers”.
- Pace yourself. There’s no better way to get sick of something than to do it too much, too hard, too often, and to the exclusion of other pursuits or activities. Take your time and don’t hurry things. There’s no need to do several marathons in your first year of running or become fully sugar free in 30 days. Slowly build upon layers of learning, growing, and small wins. With that approach, you’ll be able to accomplish your New Year’s goals without burning out. My Strong Body course can help you pace yourself and take small steps for success.
- Get SMART. Specific goals make resolutions real. Your resolutions need to be SMART to work: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time Bound. When helping my clients set goals, I always ask them to act like a news reporter. If your goal was on the news, what would be the who, what, when, where, and why? Cover all the bases when defining and describing your goal. For example:
Goal: “I want to get strong”
Specific goal: “I will complete a strength routine using 10 to 20 exercises, targeting all my major muscle groups, for 20 minutes at least twice a week to build strength and fitness”
Goal: “I will be less stressed.”
Specific goal: “Every workday at 3:00 p.m. I will take a regular break to get outside, go for a walk, and de-stress.”
Goal: “I will eat healthier meals.”
Specific goal: “I will make a grocery list and shop every Saturday morning for at least five days of meals and snacks per week.” Or “I will use eatingwell.com for meal plans, grocery lists, recipes, and guides.”
Having specific and measurable New Year’s goals will lead to success, because the goals are attainable. It’s easier to make progress when you know you are making progress. I guide you through this process and we set goals together in my Strong Body program.
- Avoid quick fixes and extremes. Quick-fix solutions like a “30-Day Diet,” “Fit in 5,” or “10 Days to Calm.” are not sustainable long term and can lead to negative outcomes. When we expect immediate results or it’s too much to handle all at once, we get discouraged, burnt out, and quit. It doesn’t have to be that way, you can accomplish your resolutions without resorting to extremes. Just go about it in the right way. Customize your approach to your New Year’s goals by tailoring them to your unique personality, preferences and lifestyle. Use section one of Strong Body lifestyle course to guide you.
- Come up with solutions for potential challenges. Think about what has gotten in your way in the past or potential excuses that might prevent you from achieving your New Year’s goals. Forgetting? No time? Losing interest? Not knowing where to begin? Write down foreseeable challenges and create strategies in advance for dealing with them. That way you won’t get sidelined or lose forward momentum when challenges arise. Think ahead and be prepared to overcome obstacles on your path to success.
- Drop the “all or nothing” mindset. This mentality sets you up to feel guilty eventually and is why so many people struggle to succeed. Expecting to stick to a structured plan for an extended period of time without ever deviating is unrealistic. Things happen and life can get in the way — illness, other obligations, exhaustion, different opportunities, etc — it is impossible for everything to go “perfectly”. Let go of the black and white thinking and make achieving your goals about progress not perfection.
- Embrace mistakes. You can’t make positive change if you beat yourself up every time you mess up. Mistakes are part of the process. Whats important is HOW you choose to respond from slipups. Learn, grow, and pick yourself up. Mistakes are proof that you are trying and as long as you choose to grow better from each one, you’ll make progress.
All of the above will help you be a New Year’s Resolution success. But what’s the #1 key that will help you keep your momentum and make New Year’s goals that last till 2019 (or longer)?
This is the key.
When it comes to achieving New Year’s goals, people are generally accountable only to themselves and often that isn’t enough. Having a strong support network helps ensure that you will remain on track and maintain positive changes in your life. What people, resources, systems, and environments can you draw on to help you realize your resolutions, overcome challenges, and sustain positive habits? Create a STRONG support team of people who energize you, inspire you, encourage you, and positively impact your lifestyle. Tell them about your New Year’s goals and what outcomes you want to achieve. Ask for support. No person is an island, it’s challenging to stay on track or live a positive life without a community supporting your success.
Find your tribe and make your support network. You do not have to do this alone.
I created the Strong Body program to build that community of likeminded, positive people who support you in your mental, physical, and spiritual fitness. Through this program you’ll connect to others who will help keep you motivated, encourage you to keep going, cheer you on to overcome health challenges, and make changes that last. Some of my closest relationships have come out of this community and sharing the journey of balanced living. Living a healthy life can be HARD but it doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. You can learn to find peace with yourself, your fitness, and your health. You can live a lifestyle that makes you feel good inside and out. Join us and make 2018 your best yet.
What do you think is the #1 key for achieving a New Year’s goal? Let me know in the comments below.
And while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too. Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow till our very last breath. Keep going. Keep growing. Keep creating a life you love. I’m cheering for you my friend.
Wishing you a happy and blessed New Year,
Get fit, find balance, and create a life you love. Make 2018 your year. Contact me at : firstname.lastname@example.org for coaching services.
Other Things To Check Out:
- Why Your Fitness Routine Isn’t Working
- Secrets to Lasting Lifestyle Change. Rome Wasnt Built in a Day. GREAT read for those of you looking make a healthy lifestyle change (and keep it!).
- The Myths of Self Care. How to be Nicer to Yourself starting now. Because self love really is the #1 first step towards success.
- How Important is a REST day? For those of you hitting it hard in the gym
Originally published at carolinejordanfitness.com on December 31, 2017.