It’s official yogis, we are 30 days into the new year. This means that over 25% of us who made New Year’s Resolutions have already given up and by mid February, the number will jump to 60%, according to Tom Connellan, author of “The 1% Solution”.
So how can we make our New Year’s Resolutions, or new goals in general, stick?
Something that has helped me fulfill my health and fitness goals is to share my goals with friends and family members. Their encouragement and support motivates me and detours any thoughts of skipping the gym! One of my fitness goals for 2012 is to compete in a sprint triathlon this summer. There, I said it! Now I’m committed!
Another tip that has helped me achieve my fitness goals is to track my training. Last spring when I trained for my first duathlon, I created a 5 week calendar with all of my workouts and kept it at my office. It was motivating to arrive at work every morning and check out my workout for the day, and it felt great to highlight the previous day’s workout as DONE! I’m a visual person, so to see my goals in that format worked for me. Whether you create an Excel calendar like I did or set reminders in your smart phone, try scheduling your workouts and tracking your training goals.
One last thing I’d like to share to help you stay on track with your goals, is how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time sensitive. Let’s walk through elements of a S.M.A.R.T. goal:
Specific: if you set a vague goal, you may or may not get the results you’re looking for since you don’t know exactly what you’re aiming for. Be precise.
Measurable: Try to quantify what you want to achieve so you have a solid number to work up to. Perhaps it’s practicing yoga a certain number of days each week, or for a specific amount of time.
Attainable: Is the goal you are making do-able? Consider your work schedule, other commitments or anything that may pose a challenge in achieving the goal you’ve set.
Relevant: Make sure your goal relevant to the bigger picture. Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying out a healthier diet or training for a marathon? Whatever your big picture is, ensure your goals are set to help you achieve it.
Time Sensitive: This can pertain to training for an event, like a triathlon or marathon. You need to ensure you set your goals and start training with adequate time to prepare. You can’t start training for a marathon a month before race day!
The great thing about setting goals is they can be fluid; they can change and evolve, increase or decrease as needed to ensure we stay on track to achieve our main objective.
For more ideas on sticking to your personal goals, Active.com has a great article on the 10 Commandments of New Year’s Resolutions. Check it out to see what might work for you!
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail,” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. You may get off track and even fall off the wagon a time or two, but it’s not about the fall, it’s about how quickly you can hop back up! You made these goals to better yourself, aren’t you worth the time and effort?
Happy New Year (it’s not too late to still say that) and happy goal setting!
Peace. Love. Namaste.