by Dawn Weatherwax, RD, CSSD, LD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
So how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Hopefully you chose resolutions that had meaning to you, embraced your values, reverberated with your identity and held some type of enjoyment. However even with great intentions many times we retreat to our old habits. Even so, you can still reach your goals. Below are some tips to revive, continue and achieve your goals.
Are your goals reachable? When it comes to making goals for ourselves, sometimes we are unrealistic. Make goals that can be measured, has a time frame and adjustable.
Write it down. When you write your goals down you validate your intentions. Seeing it in print and reading it allowed increases the probability that you will get there.
Use present language. It is a known fact that the subconscious does not know the difference between reality and fantasy. Say things like I am 175lb, with 20% body fat and love every minute of keeping myself healthy.
Plan that there will be obstacles. Most of the time when we start a project there are things that we did not predict. Our goals are the same way. It is how we adjust to the roadblock and proceed is the most important piece. Many times it is the roadblock that pushes us backwards.
Don’t stop. The only way you won’t achieve your goals are if you stop completely. Reevaluate your target each week and have a plan of attack for the next one. Keep repeating this process. You will find that there is more than one way to reach your potential!
I have found that many successful people use these approaches with their job or family life but they forget to apply the same beneficial techniques to themselves. So get out your pen, phone or computer and get planning!