Resolutions are broken all the time, did you hit your resolution target last year?
If not or your new to resolutions and goal setting you need to read this.
You have to think SMART.
Specific – the more specific you can be about your goal the more likely you are to succeed. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight.” Say “I want to lose a stone in the next 12 weeks.”
Measurable – Are you able to see if your hitting your goal. E.g. Standing on scales or seeing the miles adding up as you run?
Achieveable – are you actually able to achieve your goal and do you and family think you can. There is no point setting a goal your never going to achieve.
Realistic – are you being realistic about your goal? You might be able to run 10km but no point saying you want to run 10km in America if you can’t get there due to money and time etc.
Time framed – have you set a deadline? Something to aim for like a half marathon date in the summer or your holiday to lose weight by? This is important as it gives you a goal to aim for each week. Otherwise you could lose motivation.
Do your family support your resolutions and can help or guide you? It’s best to get family and friends to support you and by making your goal public you won’t give up as easily.
Can you measure your progress and see how well your doing? If your a visual person it helps to see progress to keep you motivated. This can be pictures, mileage reports, scale print outs etc
Do you have a plan? Fail to plan and you plan to fail. If your wanting to run a 10km run you need to be able to break that goal down into little steps. E.g. 5km in under half an hour then being able to reach 7km then 8km etc. You could also plan to lose 2lb a week breaking the bigger goal of say a stone weight loss.
Visualise reaching your goals will help immensely as you will mentally be preparing yourself to succeed.
If you know someone who has the same goal as you why not buddy up? Having a friend can help a great deal because you can help each other when times get tough. It’s harder to give up when you maybe letting not only yourself down but a friend as well.
Having a personal trainer can help because the PT will set goals that are SMART and also tell you the ways you will succeed. They will make sure every session is working towards that goal, and you will not fail if you keep doing what they set up. They are your trainer, your mentor and will keep you on track.
Make sure you have a reward for yourself, if you have a reward to work towards your more likely to succeed. Try and make this a reward that will not ruin your goal or is unrelated. E.g. If your goal is to lose weight reward yourself with a spa day or a massage for your bodies hard work. Not a Chinese takeaway that may put a hurdle in your tracks.
Rewards like massages, a new dress, money, a shopping trip, spa day, personal training sessions or a new hair do can all make you feel great and reward you without making you feel guilty after.
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