Apparently today is a Blue Monday. The third Monday of the new year is typically when all those good intentions go bad. Jokes on them though, I’ve only just started again.
But seriously, there are reports that this is the day that most people go back on their resolutions, so those new gym goers start trickling out of the free weight section. Smokers who tried kicking the habit officially give up on giving up and brand new #HealthyLiving-ers are now over it.
Or are they?
I might be overly optimistic when thinking that we’ve progressed a bit beyond being incapable of following through. We’re adults now, surely, we should be able to see through a goal that we’ve set for ourselves? Or, am I reaching here?
Part of my studies includes a really helpful how-to guide for goal setting and getting clients to follow through with their plans for a healthier lifestyle. One thing mentioned is the importance of having short term goals, medium term goals and then long term goals and I’m all for that! That is why I’ve decided to help you set goals for a healthier 2017 and teach you how to stick to those goals – just add willpower.
Setting a goal is simple enough, you know what you’d like to achieve so you just need to put it into words, right?
You will be amazed at how quickly you lose interest in that goal because you aren’t specific enough about it and you really don’t have a plan in place to achieve it. Start off by breaking up your biggie goal into bite size pieces. This is where the short, medium and long term goals come into place.
Say you want to lose 30kgs in 6-weeks (you have NO IDEA how many people come to me asking that I help them achieve this), you need to figure out how you’re going to get this right by breaking up your goal. So, start by realizing that you’re not going to achieve this, no matter how much cardio you do. It isn’t happening and this is the official rain on your parade… jammer.
Get real, yo!
Now that you know to set realistic goals, start with being as specific as possible. Do this with the 5 W’s (1 H) approach by answering the following questions:
What is the goal?
Why do you want to achieve it?
What do you need to do to get it right?
Who is going to help you?
How are you going to reach your goal?
When do you want to do it by?
Split up your goals into three, easy to manage time frames – I absolutely recommend crafting while you do this. There is something about glitter glue and coloured paper that make plans seem legitimate.
Finally, share your plan with others so that you’re officially accountable for the goals you’ve set for yourself. It’s important that you take responsibility for goals and letting people know about them is a good start. Plus, it gives you instant support for your journey which is invaluable.
I double dog dare you to share your NY Resolution 2.0 goals with me in the comments below and start the adventure and encourage your friends to do the same!