Thursday, January 2

It's 2014... Now What?

So... it's January 2nd and the excitement of the new year is all but worn off.  Now that the holidays are officially over, it's all too easy to settle into our old routines and forget about the grand resolutions we said we were going to accomplish this year.  Did you set New Year's resolutions for yourself this year?  If you did and really want to keep them this year, read on for tips to help you keep your eyes on the prize.

  • Set a realistic goal.  If one of your goals this year is to start something that has not already been a part of your regularly scheduled program, you are more likely to stick with it and form a habit out if it if you set realistic goals for yourself.  Don't trick yourself into thinking that you will go to the gym 7 days a week and work out for an hour, if your butt is glued to your couch now.  You'd be setting yourself up for failure.  Instead, commit to 2-3 times per week.  You can always increase frequency and/or intensity of your goal, but don't set the bar too high in the beginning.  You will only be that much more disappointed and likely to quit when you don't reach the unreachable limit that you set for yourself.
  • Break it into pieces.  Most people don’t achieve their goals because they don't attach an expiration date to them.  You have an entire year to lose 20 pounds and run a 5k!  But re-write your goals to lose 20lbs by March and run a 5k by August.  These are more digestible, realistic, and create a sense of urgency.  
  • Don't expect instant gratification.  Most of us set goals to ignite a lifestyle change.  With making any change that will last, it takes time for the results to set in.  Stay consistent in your effort and you will see lasting results soon enough.
  • Remind yourself why.  When you first set your goals for 2014, ask yourself why you are setting these specific goals.  What is it that you are after?  What end result would you like to see?  When times get a little sticky and you lose the motivation to keep going, reminding yourself why you started could help you get back on the good foot.

What goals with you be accomplishing this year?  Share to help your friends achieve their resolutions too!