Yup, folks its already been a whole year since you made your 2015 New Years Resolutions! And... how many of you followed through with them and had success? I hope each one of you were able to acheive some of if not all of your goals, but it's one things to make an ambitious goal over the holidays when you are feeling relaxed, content and full of Christmas Turkey but then to act on them when you go back to work and the new year gets busy on you is a whole other story!
Here are some tips to keeping your goals attainable, and within the timeframe you want!
SMART Goals have been around and taught to Personal Trainers and Fitness professionals for a looonnnng time. They are very effective and have been setting individuals up for success for an equal amount of time.
I am now going to do an example for you on how this works. I want to lose 10 lbs by March. So this is how I will use the SMART goal setting method to make sure I succeed.
S - lose 10 lbs
M - this is meaningful to me for a beach vacation planned the first week of March in Mexico. I need to wear a bikini!!
A - I am going to reach this goal by hiring a personal trainer twice a week, get into a meal planning routine and walk for at least 30 minutes a day (with my dog of course!). I am also going to focus all of my energy and thoughts into being 10 lbs lighter (at my goal weight) and behave as if I have already attained my goal - thinking myself into my new body !
R - I know I can achieve this goal because I am motivated, I will be accountable to my personal trainer and my hubby, and I should recruit my boyfriend or a friend to walk with me daily as well!
T - March is my deadline. I want to lose this weight for my trip, but I also want to make sure it lasts! Losing the weight slowly will better set me up for long term, stable health!
Some other important skills when goal setting include: WRITING THEM DOWN!! If you don't write them down you will forget what your goals are, and how you are going to reach them. Having a plan is the key to success here!
Secondly, Look at them daily! Keep them in your forethought all of the time. It will take you 30 seconds a day to read over your goals and remind yourself you CAN do it!!
And lastly, be accountable to someone. This is why people like to hire Personal Trainers. With a personal trainer on your side, not only do you get consistent work outs but you will also have someone who is tracking your progress and reminding you on a regular basis that you are more than capable of attaining your goals!
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