WOW! 2017, here it comes.
It’s that time of the year when people start setting their eyes on January and setting up “new resolutions” for the upcoming year.
Honestly, though, for many, New Year’s resolutions can be tough! I mean, anyone can make a resolution, which seems to be the norm every time January rolls in. But sticking to them requires a bigger commitment.
Every year, millions of people around the world make, for the most part, the same resolutions: make more money, lose weight, and something else like quit smoking. But in the end, it seems that most people find it hard to stick to their resolutions and fail.
There are reasons why people fail at reaching their goals.
1. You set unrealistic goals.
Losing 40 pounds in two weeks is unreal. When you set real expectations, it’s not hope, rather a commitment to do something. For example, when you start a new job and they tell you that you are expected at 8am to clock in, you are there at 8am. If not, then you are fired; you can’t blame the economy—rather, you didn’t do your job. Same thing happens with your fitness goals. YOU ARE THE ONE IN CONTROL OF THEM. When you set real expectations, it becomes easier over the course of the days, weeks and months to stick with it and become more motivated as you progress and see good results.
2. You don’t write down your goals.
Fitness, financial, relationship, everything . . . it’s like mapping out life for the next 12 months. Your goals are not unclear anymore. “I wanna lose weight” is not a goal. “I will drop 10 pounds by the end of February” . . . now that’s a clear goal. Having clear goals will help keep you accountable as if you are writing a contract to yourself; there’s nothing more empowering than that, to help you follow through. Map out your goals, and that is your game plan going forward.
With a solid plan that is in line with your goals, the better the chances you will reach your goals faster.
Make your plan real and simple. For example:
Goal: Lose 15 pounds in 90 days.
Step 1: Stop drinking soda today.
Step 2: I will sleep at least 7 hours each night.
Step 3: Eat more fruits and veggies over the course of the next few weeks
Step 4: I will make sure to get 3 to 4 good workouts in every week
3. You lack support.
Having a group of people who understand and support you is crucial towards achieving your goals. There are times when you just don’t want to; you’ll find yourself tired, fatigued, and some days, life just beats you down. Your support group will lift you right up and won’t let you quit. This could be your family, friends, coworker, fitness buddy, you name it.
At In Motion Fitness, we create a friendly atmosphere for training and staying on track. From friends to workout partners to your coach, everyone works together in order to accomplish the goal.
The above are just examples and recommendations of how you can incorporate an action plan geared towards your goals. For every person, it may look different, and of course, nobody is perfect. Maybe you hit and miss on a few days. But by incorporating these guidelines into your lifestyle, you will be eating and training much better, and thus you will improve the chances of reaching your goals and sticking to them. If you follow them, I know you will be on your way to the best version of YOU in 2017.
Call today and find out what In Motion Fitness can do for you. 704-895-8000
Your coach and ninja friend,