Written by Kat Millar
The New Year is soon upon us. Do you make great health and fitness resolutions with big intentions for a New Year but find that you have troubles sticking to them? Here are five ways to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolutions:
1. A brain dump list.
2. The concept of be, do, have.
3. Set the time frame.
4. Write your action plan.
5. Keep them visible.
Many New Year’s resolutions fail, but an often over-looked and powerful factor is that many people don’t know how to effectively set goals. Many people who now have the life they want, started with a dream of something different at an earlier time in their life. Imagine for a moment that you have no limitations. What kind of health and fitness would you want to create for yourself?
According to author Brian Tracy, Back from the Future thinking, is a powerful method, used regularly by high performing people in every field. Here’s how it works. Just project yourself forward in your mind and imagine yourself as you would want to be. What do you look like? How do you feel? What are you doing? What is your energy like? The clearer you can make your forward vision of health and happiness, the faster you move towards it. The more unclear and vague your goals are, the less likely you are to achieve them. This is a powerful exercise.
Now that you have a vision, it’s time to set your goals.
Here are five tips that will help you to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
1. Brain dump list.
Firstly, dump everything out of your head that you want to achieve in your health and fitness journey in 2018. I recommend that you either use a blank spreadsheet or write it in a journal. Then list everything that you need to do to achieve your fitness resolutions.
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2. The concept of Be, Do, Have.
There are three ways that you can list your goals – to be, to do and to have.
This is a great way to ensure that you are taking a balanced approached. For example, if all your goals are ‘to have’ goals, then you may miss out on tapping into the type of person you want ‘to be’ and the experiences that you want ‘to do’. Let’s break it down:
Be: Who do you want ‘to be’ in 2018?
Be disciplined with your time management and focus
Be an excellent role-model to your family
Be energetic and strong
Do: What do you want ‘to do’ in 2018?
Do the 14km City to Surf run in August
Do 20 push-ups on your toes
Do exercise using 2,500 calories every week
Have: What do you want ‘to have’ in 2018?
Have the body I have always wanted and deserve
Have a new outfit that is one size less than I am now
Have a new training buddy