It’s that time of year again, when most people start thinking or voicing the New Years Resolutions! Whether it is to learn a new skill, stop smoking, or join a gym there are countless resolutions that both you and I have heard over the years from friends and family.
Unfortunately, most of the time the resolutions set are more often than not realized and die young. “A poll of 2,000 British people, published by Bupa, found that of those who said they would be setting a New Year’s resolution for 2019, half were not confident they would stick to it” (Juliet Eyseneck, The Telegraph, 2018)
Why is it so common to fail your resolutions?
Around one in five people set overly ambitious and potentially unsustainable resolutions instead of setting small goals. It also comes back to your values, what it truly means to you to achieve the goals you set and also enjoying the journey along the way rather than looking at it as a chore. Setting smaller more realistic goals is a scientifically proven way to ensure you achieve what you have set out and gives you a chance to celebrate mentally, emotionally and physically more often.
How to set goals that are tangible and achievable?
Setting goals is so powerful. It shapes your dreams. It drives you to get up in the morning. It pushes you to keep going when it all feels like it’s to hard. Most importantly it will keep you accountable. Here is a closer look at my key steps to help you set your goals for 2019:
- It needs to be Specific: Your goals need to be specific; they aren’t something you should waffle about it. When we have a clear goal in mind we naturally work better. An example would be, ‘I want to be able to do 10 pushups this year’.
- It needs to be Measurable: Always set goals that are measurable as this helps to keep you motivated as you can see how far you have come. An example would be, ‘I want to lose 5% body fat by Easter’.
- It needs to be Attainable: One of the biggest mistakes people make when set New Years resolutions, hence why they don’t work, is setting the bar so high that it seems like it will never be achieved, therefore unattainable.
- It needs to be Realistic: This one doesn’t need too much explanation as the word speaks for itself, real-istic! Your goals need to be realistic and something that can fit into your everyday life. Saying something like ‘I’m going to go completely Paleo’ isn’t realistic because lets face it, unless you want to live like a hermit and never socialize with friends or family again, there is good chance you won’t be able to stick to that.
- It needs to be Recorded: There is no use just having your goals in your head, speak out loud and write them down. Then they become real and your more accountable to your actions and also to achieving them. Here at FPC, we advise our members to write down 3 goals, a short term, medium term and long term. It serves as a constant reminder at those time when you feel like you won’t make it through a tough workout or having a bad day and wonder if its all worth it. Also the empowering feeling of crossing off a goal once its achieved is indescribable.
So for 2019, instead of saying ‘My new years resolution is…’ think about setting goals that have a positive and assertive theme and that intrinsically drive you. You will find that you will stay so much more motivated to achieving them; I know it has certainly helped me & our members!
Happy New Year and 2019 Goal Setting!
Yours in health,
Director and Head Coach