Welcome to 2013, are you ready to make amazing changes for yourself? Are you ready to surpass your new years expectations? Or is this going to be another year where you make some resolutions that quickly fizzle out by March? Before you answer that question I want you to think back at 2012. Did you make any resolutions? Did you accomplish them? Think about how your body looked and how you felt about yourself at the start of 2012, have the changes you’ve made (uhh umm) or not made, provided you with a better sense of self? If not then keep reading to learn how to turn your 2013 Fitness New Years Resolutions /(dreams) into reality.
So why have you not have achieved your goals in the past?
Well likely because you suck at setting goals
Let me take a guess at how your goals kind of sounded last year. “This year I’m going to lose weight…. starting tomorrow I’m hitting the gym 5xweek and eating super clean every day!”
If you said something along these lines then you suck at setting goals.
Understand that when you wish to set a goal you need to take more time than just announcing a general theme like weight loss and then expect you will automatically change all of your habits at the stroke of midnight. It just doesn’t work for 99% of us. Here is a better way to set your goals using the Supercharged SMART guideline.
In case you’ve never heard me talk about goal setting before, SMART is an acronym for Specific – Measurable – Action – Realistic – Time sensitive. These are the key elements that should make up your goals. Let me simplify in some easy steps.
Step 1: Get something to write on and something to write with… yes right now otherwise you’ll procrastinate and forget, so go get those items NOW!
Step 2: Think about your goals IN DETAIL, what first comes to mind? are you losing 15lbs of fat? Are you 5 dress sizes smaller? Are you getting a photo shoot done on a beach? Are you rocking out 100 chin ups in a row? On a scale of 1-10 how important is this goal to you? If it’s a 10 then right on you rock, if not, then pick a different goal because it’s unlikely you will make the changes needed for permanent success. Your goals should provoke emotion, and they should invigorate you when you think about being able to accomplish them. Think about that one goal (choose JUST ONE) that if you accomplish it tomorrow how you will feel. “YES, F#%k YES!” If that’s your response then you’ve probably got the right goal in mind.
Step 3: Write that awesome goal down baby! But be Specific out it. It’s not an “I want to lose weight” type of answer it should be as specific as possible with a time line stamped on it with it being a realistic goal. Ok so is this goal really big? Or is it small? If you can’t achieve it in the next 4 weeks than break your goal down into a realistic smaller one than you can achieve immediately to keep your motivation high. Heck I even break down some of my goals into 2 week chunks. Now the question is, what kind of small goals should you create to achieve in order to feel successful. It’s my belief and opinion based on in the trenches success working with hundreds of clients that it’s far better to create action goals rather than results goals. Why? Because its easier to achieve success towards your final results by taking actions which turns into new habits. Thinking about just the fixed results doesn’t give you the tools you need to get those results, only actions will get you there so you mine as well focus on that and reward those actions. If you create action goals like this example: In these next 2 weeks on Mon-Wed-Fri I am setting my watch to beep at 11:30am and I will stop everything I am doing and get my gym stuff ready to go for noon. At noon I am going to workout with my trainer.” The next 2 weeks I am going to set the auto brew on the coffee maker to 6:15am so when I wake up at 6:25am the smell of a fresh coffee waiting for me will urge me to get out of bed on time so I can make a healthy breakfast (create 3 healthy breakfast recipes).” Writing out action goals like this are easy to achieve all you have to do is execute them and you are moving closer to your overall goal. It’s simple to measure and easy to achieve.
Step 4: Ok so you’ve envisioned and become excited or emotional about your goals, you’ve written them down and you’ve written down some smaller action goals to achieve, now it’s important to identify obstacles that can block those actions and come up with solutions on how to overcome them. This way you are prepared with a game plan so you can’t lose. Ok so let’s stay with the same examples what can hinder you from your Mon-Wed-Fri workout goal? Maybe an obstacle is your work mates always want to go out to lunch and entice you. Solution: Announce to everyone what your goals and your actions are for Mon-Wed-Fri so they know and can also support you instead of tempt you. Whatever your goals are it’s important to understand that there will always be obstacles in your way and that making a plan to overcome those obstacles no matter if it’s a person or situation, you are prepared to not let it stop you.
Let’s clarify your goal process so far:
1: Write down your Specific goal big or small doesn’t matter, but if it’s a big one that can’t be accomplished in 4 weeks or less then break down that big goal into a smaller one that can be accomplished soon. Remember be specific about the exact performance or measurements you want to achieve.
2: Create your action plan for the next 2-4weeks and identify any obstacles that may prevent you from accomplishing your actions and come up with solutions to manage them.
Step 5: It’s E3 time! Execute, Evaluate, Engage. You’ve got your goals, you’ve created specific measurable and time sensitive actions that are realistic for your life and where you are currently starting from (SMART Goals). You are now prepared to EXECUTE those goals, then every 2-4weeks you can EVALUATE your progress and ENGAGE in new action goals to continue your success. You will soon realize that setting goals isn’t just something you do to get to the big picture, it will become a part of your lifestyle, it’s a never ending process of achievement.
Complete these 5 steps of making SMART goals and continuing on with goal after goal and it will change who you are into who you want to be.
Until next time
Stronger – Leaner – Happier – Healthier