New Years Resolutions (and how to actually keep them!)
6 January 2017
The New Year is here and the festive period is behind us for another twelve months. We may have eaten a little too much Christmas pudding but now is the time to refocus body and mind on what we’d like to achieve moving forward.
By now we’ve probably all set ourselves New Year’s resolutions which provide a great opportunity to shoot for a big, hairy, audacious goal to strive towards over the next 12 months. The challenge is keeping focussed for a full year when there are bound to be distractions, obstacles and things that just don’t go right. So how do we keep ourselves focussed and on track?
The answer is simple,
“If the finish line feels too far away, don’t look at it, just look down at your feet and take your next best step.”
To apply this practically, once we’ve established our major goals, acknowledge them, respect then but them place them towards the back of your mind. It’s at this time you need to focus your energy on the building blocks that will help you achieve your major goals. A well structured plan, advice from coaches, mentors, family and training partners, the latest new bling will all help but as human beings, we strive for gratification and there is nothing more motivating than achieving a goal no matter how small.
In 2017 then, set yourself a LOT of goals, daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals. Whatever you feel is appropriate. Strive to be just a little bit better than you were the day before. Perhaps your goal for this week might be to eat a little better, to nail that important session on the weekend, to spend a little more time focussing on your strength and mobility. Use these goals as stepping stones in your quest to achieve your New Year’s resolution and when you start to tick off a lot of these little goals, you’ll find yourself even more motivated to drive towards the next one. By the time you approach your major goal you’ll be more than prepared to nail it!
It’s important to write these goals down and acknowledge them when you’ve achieved them. You can set them up as an unstructured workout in your calendar as your “Weekly Goal” then mark it as complete when you achieve it.
If you follow this you’ll find yourself focussing much more on the ‘process’ as opposed to the ‘outcome’. You will enjoy the journey towards achieving your major goals and you’ll be better prepared to handle any obstacles or challenges that might be thrown up in your way. Don’t be afraid to be loud about your goals either. Shout them from the rooftops, share them with your family, friends and training partners. Be accountable for your goals and own them and you will setup yourself for a successful 2017.