Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution you didn’t keep? You’re not alone. According to U.S News, 80% of us won’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions. To be successful with health and fitness goals in particular, it’s important to set realistic expectations and fully understand what it takes to achieve the goals we set.
For example, let’s say your goal is to ‘eat healthier.’ This is a big goal that requires many steps! It involves education on healthier food types, meal plans, recipes, switching ingredients, and reading the labels in the food store. And ultimately these types of goals with broad definitions become challenging to keep and achieve over the course of the year.
So, what this means is that we need to change the way we approach making New Year’s resolutions or even goals in general. And here’s how…
Define Your Goal – Really!
It’s the age-old adage, ‘the grass is always greener’ – we often aspire to something simply because it is different or new. Get to the heart of what you actually want!
Think about what you want long-term and how you can get yourself there, then prepare to put in the work and make it happen. Break it down and get to the root of your challenges, and that will help to choose a goal that will keep you motivated through the hard times.
Find Motivation and Accountability
We all need a little help staying motivated and accountable. Follow accounts on social media that inspire you, or find people who can help and support you in your life. The best way to do that is to find someone working towards a similar goal and learn from each other! (Our 100% biased opinion is that our Instagram account is pretty awesome for this. 😉 )
Want accountability for your fitness goals this year? If you live in the South Miami area, we’d love it if you joined our local Facebook community group to stay on track!
As we mentioned above, there’s usually a lot that goes into your goals, and that can be overwhelming. Instead, look at each step of getting to where you want to be and focus on each of those little steps as accomplishments.
Using our healthy eating example, your mini-goal could be to attend a nutrition workshop in January or take a healthy cooking class. Will it change your eating habits overnight? No, but it’s one step closer to giving you the knowledge to succeed and makes your goal a lot more attainable. These smaller wins will motivate you to keep going, and eventually realize success!
Give Yourself a Deadline
You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘a goal without a plan is just a wish.’ So you need to give your goal details (make them SMART): Specifically, add a date, even if it’s far off in the future.
This is because, even in the back of your mind, you know you have to achieve it at some point. And as the date gets closer it will become more of a priority. Deadlines keep your goals specific and at the top of your to-do list.
New Year’s resolutions are fickle, but yours don’t have to be! Make this your best year ever by following these tips and tricks to create successful goals.
Is incorporating Pilates or fitness into your lifestyle one of your goals this year? Join us for an introductory class in the studio and we’ll help you chart a course to reach your goals!
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