I was looking a poll recently about what kind of New Year goals people make. The top 2 were, lose weight and eat healthier. A study, published a couple of years ago say 92% of people who make New Year goals don’t achieve them. Gyms are full the month of January, but die down around March. Are humans destined to be failures and never accomplish self-improvement? As a health professional, I am optimistic and think we can make health goals for the New Year and achieve them. Here are my tips for creating goals and sticking with them, and really change your lifestyle for the better.
Plan It Out
When I am health coaching a client, we always start with a wellness vision. I ask them what you like your life to be in 3 months? What about in 6 months? You have to have a roadmap of where you want to go with your goals. If there is no end in sight, it makes it harder to work for success. Your vision statement can be a paragraph long. Think about the kind of person you want to be and put it into words. If you’re not a writer than a vision board might be up your alley. I am a planner nerd that I have both. Once, you have an idea of where you want to go in life, it makes goal setting a lot easier.
Don’t Work Harder, Work Smarter
SMART stands for:
How does this translate into goals? Well, I’ll tell you, my child. It’s how goals should be structured. Specific, your goal needs content that is related to what you want to achieve. Measurable, how can you tell if you achieved it? Realistic, let’s be real, can you do this? Timely, can you get this done in a reasonable time manner? Don’t worry I’ll give you an example.
I will workout 3x a week after dinner.
I will run 2 miles once a day.
I will participate in Meatless Mondays every week.
I will eat 2 cups of fruits a day.
It’s All About Experimenting
Once, you make your goals, it’s time to put in the work and give it a go. This is probably the hardest part, we want to create new habits, but it can be difficult to start. I like to think of our goals as experiments. They are roadmaps, not the ten commandments. If you find yourself struggling with going to the gym 3x a week, then make it twice a week. There is nothing wrong with adapting your goals as you go. If you want to be successful and stick to them, make them realistic for you. You can’t aspect to change your whole life in a short amount of time. However, you can take steps to create the life you want in the long run.
New year,new you can happen. Remember, changing our behaviors is not an easy process, but it is possible. There will be bumps and setbacks, but that’s how goals are. They are meant to change us and give us something to strive for. You don’t want to be stagnant. To grow as a person, you have to be uncomfortable. I promise, it’s only for a little bit. Whatever your goals are the uneasy phases will not last long. You will adapt and then you see the potential that you always had to accomplish them. Always, think about why you set this goal. It will help you during the process. Usually, if it’s a deeper meaning versus I want to look good for spring break, your likelihood of sticking with your goals is higher. Dig deep and ask yourself what will it take for me to change?