Happy New Year! Have you made out your New Year’s resolution? The reason so many people set their resolutions on Jan. 1 is that it’s a new year, a new beginning and new fresh start! We look to take that time and wash away the old and faulty.
You may have noticed most of us also never stick to these resolutions long term. A few weeks down the road, the newness starts to fade. The new workout outfit or piece of equipment or the new or renewed gym membership you got to kick-start your motivation starts to lose its shine.
They typical practice with resolutions involves giving up something and ridding ourselves of those things we enjoy in over-abundance. Webster’s dictionary defines a resolution as the act or process of reducing to simpler form. I really like this idea! How simple to simply simplify. Take whatever task we have laid out in front of us, analyze that complex notion and break-it into simpler tasks.
Here are six problems that people face and tips for you to simplify your goals to NOT FAIL this 2016:
- Too Many, Too Much – With the new year, folks are fired up. So they set their goals – and A LOT OF THEM. Goals for exercise, weight loss, diet, morning and evening workouts, and so on. Simplify down to one or two main goals and you will have better success of achieving those few, instead of not being able to do any.
- Too Tough, Too Soon – We’re excited to start new. But putting a plan in place to train six days a week for two hours a day might be a little bit more than you can handle. Look at your schedule and create a strategy that works for you over the next 12 months – not just for January.
- Too Hardcore – When setting new goals, you can be too disciplined and too strict. It’s great to have willpower and set plans and goals. Just understand that you need flexibility for success so you’re not stressing out over reaching your goals.
- Too Rigid – Give yourself some room to fail and fall. Because of life, you might miss a workout or have an unplanned cheat day in your diet. That’s OK. A stumble doesn’t mean failure and that you should stop your pursuit. Just like missing a meal one day, you don’t stop eating forever. The same goes for a workout. If you miss one, it’s not the end of the world. Just pick up the next day where you left off.
- Too Vague– We’ve all heard this one before. Don’t just say you want to lose weight. Set the amount you want to lose; i.e., I will lose 25 pounds over the next 25 weeks. Then remember tips one through four as you progress. If it takes you 27 weeks, is that really the end of the world? If you went out for an unexpected dinner and got off your diet, do you need to drop your goal? Keep taking those baby steps, understand the detours, but KNOW WHERE YOU WILL END UP AT THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY.
- No Measurement – You can’t improve what you can’t measure. Find a way to measure your plan, process and progress each day, week, month and year. It can be a journal, if you’re an old-timer like me. There are also dozens of apps to track and record your workouts, goals and the plan you put in place this year.
Follow these tips and when 2017 comes around, you’ll find that success is reached one step at a time and by finding a way to keep moving forward.