I always love the beginning of a new year, as we all feel inspired to get rid of old habits or maybe taking up some good ones. BUT sometimes we set the bar so high that it is no wonder why over 80% of us fail!! So why do we do it to ourselves??
The best laid plains (...or not as the case is!!)
I can remember some of my planned "resolutions" or promises I made to myself which didn't quite make the achievement board!! You know the classics; losing a stone in a week (and trying to keep it off), jogging 10 miles a day when you work 100 hours a week!! It just doesn't work!!
Before you set yourself a resolution, ask yourself why? Don't just do it because that's what people do in January! We only have one life to live and it's time to start living our lives on purpose with a purpose! If there is anything you want to achieve, then set yourself a plan of action to get you to where you want to be. So think about the following..
Specific: Make your goal clear. Write it on a post-it note and put it up somewhere where you can see it. Sometimes writing things out is the first step to making it real.
Measurable: Ask yourself, how will you know that you have completed your goal? A smaller dress size, increased fitness, healthier eating habits.
Achievable: This really is saying don't set the bar too high that it will end up falling on you!! Painful but true. You know what you are like, so if setting several easier goals is going to help, then great. But if you need a bit of a stretch (not a pole vault stretch!!!), then make it challenging.
Relevant: This isn't for mum, dad, hubby, babies... its all about you! There are moments when we have to be selfish and think about why we want this goal
Time: Set yourself a timeframe. You can mark your calendar or set regular reminders on your phone. If you know that you have to have regular fit-tests or weigh in's, you are more likely to be more disciplines because you want to get the results you have put the hard work in for.
I am looking forward to seeing you achieve in 2015!!
Happy New Year!