Well it is the last day of the year and social network sites are being flooded with New Year’s Resolutions. I have even seen posts with the expectation that they will be broken a few weeks into 2014. I propose doing away with New Year’s Resolutions and instead setting up personal goals in all areas of your life. Many resolutions fail because they are unrealistic and the person does not identify the specific steps they need to take. I teach my mentees and clients to make sure their goals are dated, specific, and achievable. For example, instead of the goal being “To lose weight” it should be “I will lose 20 pounds by the end of March” (based on a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week). For each goal you need to identify the objectives, or steps, it takes to reach the goal. The objectives should also be dated, specific, and achievable. Continuing with our current goal, the objectives could be: 1) To workout Monday through Friday from 6-7AM with cardio days being Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Strength Training Tuesday and Thursday; 2) To follow the Shred Diet for six weeks starting 1/6/14; etc. You should also set up dates to evaluate where you are on your goal. Using our example we can set up to evaluate our progress the first of every month. During the evaluation if you find something is not working, make adjustments to you goal or objectives. For 2013 my goal waa to live a healthier lifestyle by losing at least 25 pounds, working out every week of the year, and completing my first half marathon without injury in under 4 hours. I am happy to report that I completed all of my goals with the exception of working out every week. I will admit that there were about 4 weeks spread out where I did not workout because on injury or illness, but 48 out of 52 sounds great to me. If you follow these simple steps and stay determined you will reach your goals!
My goal for this blog in 2014 is to write on a subject at least every Monday giving me at least 52 posts for 2014. Be on the watch to see if I reach my goal. Happy New Year!