It’s the New Year again and you know what that means, we make false promises to ourselves that we never keep. Almost everyone makes at least one resolution, but only about 20% keep it. Well this year is going to be different. I am going to provide you with Seven Steps for Success. A few easy tips for fulfilling those resolutions, especially the fitness ones.
1.) Choose an obtainable specific goal. Wanting to look like a super model is not realistic for the majority of us, but promising to lose 10lbs in a month is. Write them down and post them up on the fridge, mirror in the bathroom, somewhere you will see them on a daily basis (post-its work great).
2.) Avoid choosing a resolution that you’ve been unsuccessful at achieving before. This will only set you up for failure. If you are still tempted to make a promise that you’ve made before, then try adjusting it a little.
3.) Make a plan. At the beginning of January, write down a specific plan. Write your own personal goals and you’ll more likely to succeed. Set several smaller goals to achieve throughout the year that will help you to reach the ultimate goal.
4.) Get a notebook. Start first by tracking easy measurements, weight, pounds, exercises, sets, and reps. Later, you can move on to calorie counting, meal plans, and body measurements. Too much too soon can be overwhelming.
5.) Ask friends and family members to help you so you have someone to be accountable to. The more people you share your goals with the more likely you will achieve your goals.
6.) Reward yourself with each milestone. If you get that first goal of 10lbs in a month, then treat yourself to something you want, non-food related. For example, a movie, DVD, shoes, but not cake or ice cream.
7.) If all else fails, get professional assistance. Everyone needs help and sometimes a friend just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need someone to push you to do stuff until you can go at it alone. Don’t feel that seeking help is a way of giving up. Especially when it comes to fitness, research studies have shown that assistance from a fitness professional greatly improves a person’s success rate.
Not that it, easy huh! Well, no, it does take a lot of hard work, perseverance, and determination, but the fulfillment of achieving even small goals is worth all the blood, sweat and tears.