Achieve Success with Your Personal New Years Resolution Checklist
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Be specific -
One of the primary reasons why resolutions fail is because they are a statement not a specific goal. Instead of saying “I am going to be healthier” say “I am going to eat 3 more servings of fruits and vegetables and get 7-8 hours of sleep each night”
Apply the KISS Principle –
Keep It Simple Stupid! What usually happens for many of us, when we set goals is we overachieve. We get excited, we decide it is time to change, and so we decide on 5 different resolutions we want to achieve. What happens is that we spread ourselves out thin and then set ourselves up for failure. You will be more successful if you choose only 1 or 2 goals at the most.
Give Yourself Time to Achieve Your Goal –
Another important thing to remember in your resolution setting process is to create an achievable timeline for your goal. When we get excited about change we often want it to happen “next week” or even “next month”. When we do not see the final goal by this time we get frustrated, burned out, and give up. There are steps that have to be accomplished along the way and it might take 6 months to a year to reach your goal. Be patient and know that your timeline should provide a challenge but not set you up for feeling like a failure because the timeline was not practical.
Create the Action Plan –
The next step is to create the steps that you will do to reach your overall goal. If your goal is to “Lose 50lbs in 6 months” then it is best to know that healthy weight loss is 1-2lbs per week. So you have 24 weeks to lose 50lbs if you lose 2lbs each week consecutively you will lose 48lbs. Just remember that usually there are plateaus along the way. With weight loss there usually is. To keep a challenge you might decide 8 months might be more achievable and will allow for a couple of weeks of 1 or 1.5lb losses.
Establish the timeline and the specific steps that will help you accomplish your goal. Create a checklist so you can cross off what you have accomplished and celebrate each accomplishment along the way. When you actually set up some “mile markers” for your goal and activities you will perform you will feel much more accomplished. I tell my clients, “It isn’t the top of the mountain that counts, it is the look out points along the path to the top that are just as beautiful.” A personal trainer or wellness coach are great resources to help you set an achievable timeline and action plan as well as support to keep you accountable along the way.
Visualize Yourself Living Life After Meeting Your Goal –
Many people miss this step. When we try to promote any change in our lives we think of what we should not be doing or what we are trying to change. This focus makes it very hard to achieve your goal because it is subconsciously sabotaging us. What will make change so much easier, and why so many people turn to hypnosis is just for this reason. Visualization creates images and feeling affecting neuropathways in the brain that make it easier for the subconscious to "get rid" of our bad habit. (Of course this is not the scientific explanation but you get the
Start by sitting, closing your eyes and creating a picture in your mind. What will you be like when you lose the weight? What will you be doing instead of going out and drinking? What will it look like spending more time with your family? When you are working out, imagine yourself lifting heavier weights, making it to the end of your sets with more strength. See yourself thin, imagine yourself at the best point of your life, how it felt to be there. Imagine yourself being back there now. You might even want to keep a picture of yourself on the fridge from your previous years. Putting your picture up instead of a super model allows you to connect with what your body can really look like instead of someone else’s body that is 5' 11" tall and 4% body fat.
Seeing yourself in the position of meeting your goal will make connections in the brain making it feel like you have actually accomplished the goal. Many successful people practice setting the goals and visualizing in vivid detail how it will be like when they accomplish it. It will make it much easier to achieve your goals this year. Stephen Covey calls this “Beginning with the end in mind” in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I highly recommend getting the digital MP3 version of this book as the print version can seem dry to read.
About the Author:
Beth Rzendzian is the owner of EverFit Personal Training in Brighton Michigan, Brighton’s premier fitness and fat loss expert.
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