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