A new year is a new beginning and in the beginning it holds so much promise. There’s something about January 1st that makes us all feel compelled to get it right this time. But somewhere around January 15th or February(ish) if you’re lucky, those resolutions we made and that new beginning, begins to lose it’s promise.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The New Year’s Resolutions that we typically make aren’t necessarily bad, but it ‘s the motive behind them that often times are, and possibly the reason for our inability to stick with it and achieve them. So before you delve into goal setting and venture on your quest to reach your goals this year, let’s dig a little deeper, tweak our perspective and try something different.
Instead of trying harder, try smarter… try different.
Whatever your goal is, ask yourself “why” and try to get a deeper motive. Obviously it will feel good to fit into your favorite pair of jeans again, sans muffing-top. But think about some deeper, more meaningful reasons that leaning down will do for you. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the prize on a lackluster day when the “prize” is shallow and superficial.
- Why is this goal important to you?
- What are you willing to change to achieve this goal?
- Who are you doing this for?
- Who is your support system?
- How will you overcome obstacles?
- How is this time different than previous efforts?
Visualize your goals! Take some time to thing about how it will feel like when you achieve your goal? Get a really vivid picture of yourself achieving your goal and visualize what it will look like. Create a vision board or begin to journal about the process and invest a few minutes everyday revisiting your goals. The more real it feels, the more likely you will be to get there.
Sometimes changing your perspective a little can make all the difference! After you’ve done some digging and visualizing this part should be easy. Instead of simply saying “I want to lose weight”, break that goal down into a set of smaller, more specific, and achievable goals:
- Improve my relationship with food
- Eat more mindfully
- Replace grains with nutrient dense veggies and fruit
- Lose 10% body fat in the next 6 months
- Improve my deadlift
- Correct a movement pattern
Never forget that no matter where you are or what time of day it is, you can always start over. Setbacks, detours and road blocks happen on any journey, it doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel. Take them as they come and keep moving forward. Each day is a new beginning, and every moment is another opportunity to move one step closer to your goal.
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