FINDING SUCCESS IN 2017

December 30, 2016

​As 2016 ticks down to the final hours, I'm sure some of you already have one (or more) resolutions on your mind to help improve yourself for 2017.  For others, at this point, making a resolution is futile because you feel as though you are already setting yourself up for failure.  ​

 

​Why do we put ourselves in this situation?  

  • Big goals can seem a bit too far out of reach and abstract (i.e. unattainable).

  • Small temptations give us instant gratification. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

So, how can you transform your wishful thinking of a happier and healthier year into a reality? ​

 

THINK SMALL

 

 Take your large, abstract, seemingly out of reach goal(s) and desire(s) and figure out how to break it up in to smaller, more tempting mini-goals.  Say you've always wanted to run a marathon, however, at the moment you can barely trot down the block before

 

huffing a puffing and needing a break.  Crossing that finish line seems so far off into the distance, it can feel non-existent and you end up successfully completing a Netflix binge marathon instead.

 

Break it up into smaller pieces:

  • Sign up for your local 5k fun run and just focus on training for that.  

  • Then, sign up for a 10k.  Get a few of those under your belt.

  • Soon you'll be ready to train for a 1/2 marathon.  

  • Before you know it, you will be crossing that finish line at the 26.2 mile mark.

You reach your goals by focusing on your small victories to carry you to your big success. 

 

In addition to thinking small, you also want to think SMART.  

​S: Specific

  • Don't say:  "I want to lose weight."

  • Say, "I am going lose 4 inches off my waist by watching my portions and exercising at least 3 days per week."

M: Measurable

  • Make it tangible. 

  • Measure your goals objectively or subjectively (even better: measure both!)

    • Measure your waist circumference every week and note the number. (Objective)

    • Note how you were emotionally each day/week.  ("I had a bad week at work, so my will-power was lower when choosing the right foods to eat.")  Give your successes and struggles context.

A: Attainable

  • Find your Goldilocks Goal: not one that's too hard - that can quickly become frustrating, which lowers motivation.  Nor should you choose one that is too easy - that doesn't inspire much motivation at all to pursue.  

R: Relevant

  • Focus on activities that tie in with your ultimate goals.  Don't spend too much time on the ones that won't help you - it just becomes frustrating when you aren't seeing the improvements you want.

T: Timely

  • Create a deadline: you can have more than one, but don't just say, "I'm going to run a 5k".  Research how long it takes to safely train for a 5k, then write that date down - on your calendar, in your phone, on a sticky note; everywhere you need to to remind you of that deadline.  

  • Timely small goals are usually within 4-12 week increments.


Now, take a moment and really think about your New Years Resolution.  Does it pass the SMART goal checklist? Have you found your perfect Goldilocks Goal to work with?  

Happy New Year from FitBee Lifestyle!

 

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