By the time February rolls around, 80% of us will have given up on our New Year’s resolutions. The reason that people most often break these resolutions is not because they are too ambitious, but because they are too vague.
That’s why I say… To Hell With It! Throw away your resolutions! Let’s talk about tangible ways to actually reach your goals. After all, don’t you deserve achieving what you set out to accomplish?
Start with step one. Don’t skip steps. There’s no shortcuts. Six months from now, that time will have passed whether you worked towards your goals or not, and you could be 6 months closer to it IF you take action now.
Step 1 Know Your WHY: Do what you love. Know what it is you’re looking to achieve, and how that will make you FEEL. This becomes your rocket fuel for those days you need to dig for motivation. For example: I might not love every minute of the 19.2 opens workout, BUT I love challenging myself and feeling accomplished.
Step 2 Make An Intention, Not A Resolution. A resolution is simply a decision. You haven’t taken action yet, nor do you have to take action to make a resolution. By contrast, an Intention is creating a plan with purpose. We won’t get closer to our goals by sitting on the couch creating resolutions…
Step 3 Make a plan: Focus on small, bite-sized goals. This helps to create those small wins that keep you going. Don’t try to improve everything at once, because it’s impossible and you’ll end up shooting yourself in the foot. Instead, focus on one thing every training cycle (we break it up into 3 month “chunks.”)
Do you want to get stronger? Then you might want to replace 1-2 classes with a Lift class each week.
Do you want to get leaner? Then you might want to make attending the endurance-based classes every Wednesday and Saturday a priority.
Do you want to bulk up? Then talk to a staff member about our Nutrition services to help make a plan and hold you accountable.
Track the plan: You won’t know where you objectively stand on your timeline unless you have some way to track it. It doesn’t matter so much what you’re tracking, but that you have something you’re tracking.
For example: if your goal is to get leaner you may want to take waist measurements or progress photos once a month. That way if you FEEL down about your goals at some point along the journey, it won’t color your actual progress and you can look at how far you’ve come.
Surround yourself with people who support you: Shout out to EDX member Scotty who told me the story of how he was never able to be consistent with his workouts until he came to EDX. He realizes now that was because he never really enjoyed the company of those he was working out with before, but didn’t know any better at the time! Since coming to the gym is now a fun experience and in a supportive environment, he’s made it a priority to come in regularly. I bet he’s not the only member who feels this way…
If you’re still not sure where to start, then let us help. We offer a complimentary No Sweat Intro to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them.