It’s that time of the year again. You know, the time to make resolutions that you try to keep, promises to yourself that you’ll do whatever in the new year, then almost all of the time fall away from those promises? Well, I have a few goals (some call them resolutions) for me, and a big challenge to all who happen to read this.
Let’s start with my goals for this year.
- I will show a positive, loving attitude towards everyone in my family and a positive attitude to everyone I interact with everyday this year, even when I don’t feel like it.
- I will be completely transparent in my journey to health and fitness.
- I will honestly log all food and drink I consume; NO lying about this to myself or anyone.
- I will attend and actually use the gym, instead of sitting at home and letting that money go to waste.
- I will run again this year and I will run at least one 5K race by the end of the year.
- I will do all I can to lose at least one pound per week.
- I will not beat myself up if I fail at any time this year. If I fail, I will get back up, dust myself off and keep going.
Think that’s a lot to deal with? I don’t. Think I will make those goals? I will. And believe it or not, the hardest one for me will be the first one of maintaining a positive, loving attitude! You see, I am an old bear most of the time to everyone around me, even the ones I love and I hate that. I love my family with my whole heart, but my attitude simply stinks at times. It’s time to change that.
The other items? Childs play for me.
I am doing a few things to make sure I hit my goals/resolutions for this year. How, do you ask, will I do this? Well, the first thing is how I worded the resolutions/goals. Look at them again and see if you know what I mean by this. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Did you see it? First of all, instead of just saying what I am going to do, I wrote it down, and wrote it down for the entire world to see! Second of all, notice the second word of every goal I set down. The word you see is “will”. Not “try to”, not “do my best to”, nor any other word or combination of words that would allow me an escape, but I used the word “will”. This sets the goal in stone and is a powerful reminder to me that I have set my mind and heart to do this and accomplish this. These goals are what I will do because I want to do them.
The next thing you’ll notice is that each goal is attainable and some actually build on other goals. First I will be transparent, then I will log my intake. In addition to these, I will get back to the gym and actually use it! Then there is running. Although I cannot run at the moment, I will build upon my other goals to attain the goal of running again, then I’ll run that 5K. This all leads to the goal of losing at least one pound of weight a week. See what I mean by one building on another?
So the next questions are: “When do I start these?” and “How can I maintain them?”.
The first question is easy. You start now. Not tomorrow, not next week, but now. The longer you put something off, the easier it is to give up on it because you never started it in the first place!
The second question is a little harder to answer, but I will try. You may have heard this said, but it is true. It takes 21 days of doing something to make it a habit, and once you have started a habit, it is easier to maintain what you want to do. So you start now, and then maintain that something for a minimum of 21 days. As you go through this period, you’ll notice that whatever it is you are wanting to do will become much easier as the time goes by. Another thing to do is to keep a journal or a log book, especially if one of your goals is to do something physical. Use one of the free websites out there, use a spreadsheet, or simply write down what it is you need to write down. The more you log, the more committed you become to doing this. Believe me, it really helps you when you see the progress you are making.
That’s basically it in a nutshell. That is what I do and will continue doing. As Yoda said to Luke Skywalker:
“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
As for the challenge I alluded to earlier, here it is:
No matter what it is you set out to do this year, I am challenging you to actually do it! What is your one primary goal, fitness related or not for this year that you really want to do? Take the steps I have talked about above and start already! Let me know what your challenge is so I can cheer you on by sending me an email. I’d love to know.
New Year, New You! Make it happen!