New Year, New Goals
Working within the Health and Fitness industry we become very accustomed to peoples new year resolutions. January is one of our busiest months of the year. People starting the year on their new fitness campaigns- this is the year they are going to get fit, this is the year they will start running, this is the year they are going to start going to the gym.
I know myself, I'm guilty- starting the year with a list of ambitions and often self imposed restrictions with the same few words running through my head- new year, new me. A plan to make changes for the upcoming year as a way to better myself from the year before. But somehow life gets busy and they often fall by the wayside. The year flies by and all of a sudden we are at December 31st and looking to set the coming years new years resolutions.
So how do we make goals that we can see through? How can we get to the end of the year and feel like we have accomplished something?
Often, it isn't that we failed, it's more that we didn't set ourselves up for success to begin with. When setting goals they are often too generalised and without a measurable outcome. "To go to the gym more". What is more? and what constitutes going?
Our goals need to be SPECIFIC, that is they state exactly what it is you want to achieve.
It is the who, what, when, where, why and which. Who is involved? What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to do it? Why are you doing it? The more you can define the goal, the easier it is to work out what it is you are wanting to achieve.
They need to be MEASURABLE, that is they need to be quantifiable, a way in which you can measure progress. How much? How many? How can you measure when you have achieved your goal?
They need to be ACHIEVABLE, is it reasonable to expect that you can achieve that goal in the time frame that you have set out? You need to ensure that the goal isn't too easy or too hard. If it isn't achievable, can it be broken down into smaller goals so that it is achievable?
They need to be REALISTIC, are you setting yourself up for success? It needs to be a goal that is relevant to you and your life. You need to be honest with yourself, is it a goal that you think you can realistically achieve?
They need to have a TIMEFRAME, when is it that you want to achieve your goal by? Is it a week? a month? a year? Having a timeframe helps to establish a sense of urgency, it can help to provide motivation and help you to prioritise your goals.
Having goals can help to give you a sense of direction, a purpose. They can make the impossible seem possible. With this in mind, have you taken the time to sit and think about the goals that you want to achieve this year?