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Don't do a New Years resolution

Don't do a New Years resolution

Don’t Do A New Years Resolution!

 

Urban Dictionary, a very prestigious online dictionary, defines a New Year's resolution as “a goal that you propose then forget the next day” and “things that you promise yourself you will do over the year, but quit after the first two weeks”. The combination of the year changing numbers and you feeling crummy about indulging in all of the holiday food and drink gives you the initial boost. The problem is when that feeling is short lived and you’re left with 351 days (2 weeks after NYE) to conquer unrealistic goals and no plan on how to do it. Then, giving up or making excuses becomes the more realistic option for you. Nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, and everyone needs help. Lets get rid of this idea that 2018 will be the “new year, new me” because 2017/16/15 should have been. Instead, start by asking yourself “what are my goals”,  “what do I want to accomplish”, and “what is stopping me from starting TODAY! Then you go from there. Here a few manageable ways to start creating the better you TODAY and not building it up for 01/01/2018.

 

WRITE IT DOWN…

Be as specific as you want to be. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, boost your endurance, do a marathon, read more books, travel more… whatever! At first be very broad with what you want to accomplish. Then, start to break down your goal into little sub categories that will ultimately all work towards your goal. These are not written in stone, so make sure you leave room for adjustments to scale your goals and micro goals.

Examples: My main goal is to GET IN SHAPE. My sub goals might be to join a gym, or take group classes, or train at Krav Maga Mahopac (shameless plug), and eating better. Then break those goals down by finding out what gyms/fitness studios are near me, who do I know that already goes there, start putting one healthy food item into my diet a few times a week, change soda’s for club soda or water, etc… have fun with this.

 

MAKE IT REALISTIC…

This step ties in to the one above it. For the sake of picking a goal, let’s go with getting in shape by starting a training routine. “I want to be able to do 200 push ups!!”. If you have never done high volumes of push ups then one day try and do 200, your arms will hate you. It will be a short time before you stop doing it, or worse, injure yourself. Start with 5 to 10 push ups a day (obviously if this is too easy then start higher) then keep adding more every few days/weeks or so. This will be easier to manage and your body won’t be shocked into trying to do 200 out of the gate.

“It won’t happen in day, it happens daily”

 

START A ROUTINE & STICK TO IT…

Have a routine and a backup routine. Pick a day, or days, and time to work and make that YOUR TIME! I get greedy with my own training time, and aside from emergencies/responsibilities, I keep to my time no matter what. Have a backup routine so that when (not if) something pops up you can still get your goal for the day/week. The days you have to talk yourself into training are always the most rewarding.  

 

REASSESS & ASK QUESTIONS…

One you have your achievable goals written down and are in a routine, it’s time to reassess and ask questions. Is my strategy working? Are there any tweaks I can make to keep the progress going? Am I noticing a difference? Is this what I really want for myself? A lot of times there are many bi products to your goals that you might not have thought of in the beginning. Maybe it’s been a few weeks/months and you’ve lost weight but still don’t have that six pack you wanted. Don’t throw in the towel just yet!! With weight loss also comes lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, better metabolism, more energy, etc… Maybe you figured that out already in your sub goals, or maybe it’s a pleasant surprise. Reassessing and asking questions is a great way to not only stay on top of your goals, but to start coming up with new ones to crush!!

 

ASK FOR HELP…

Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. Whether it be friends, family, or coworkers, there is someone out there willing to help. Something as simple as having someone hold you accountable to train or eat healthier.

 

BE PREPARED FOR THE HIGHS & LOWS…

Goals never move in a straight line, but more like a heart monitor. You will wake up some days feeling amazing and ready to be a goal crushing machine. Other days you will try and find the most miniscule objection to get out of achieving success. Find out what motivates you even a little bit to give you that push. Watch a video, read a passage, talk to a friend or relative who is always positive, whatever you have to do to get that push. The days you don’t feel like working, and do, are always the most rewarding.

 

REWARD YOURSELF…

Working on yourself and your goals can be as fun as you make it. But, like anything, there is always a breaking point. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself for hitting some goals and subgoals. Go see a movie with friends, buy a fresh outfit for yourself, host a game night, go out to a concert, etc… Something nice for yourself to keep your energy high. Then, right back to work.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO START CRUSHING THEM?





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