ARE YOUR 2017 GOALS REALISTIC?
As we approach the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 many of us are thinking about our new year goals- it’s one of the best parts of a new year! We set big lofty goals and set our sight on making this year the best year yet! But, how many of you have set a goal in January and when February rolls around it’s already long forgotten or the excitement has faded? I know I have!
I think one of the biggest reasons we tend to fall off the wagon is our goals are less realistic than we think and/or we did not set smaller goals or milestones to help get there. It’s great to set big, lofty goals but we also need to make sure they are achievable and realistic. So as you are setting this year’s goals, whether fitness related or not, let’s set you up for success and start on the smaller side; I’m not telling you not to set big goals, but I’m here to help you set goals you’ll achieve.
As you are writing down your goals (which needs to be step 1!), answer these couple of questions.
- How big is your goal? Can you accomplish it in 4-6 weeks or will it most likely take 4-6 months? If it’s the later then go ahead and immediately write down smaller goals that can be accomplished in 2, 4 and 6 weeks that will get you to that multi month goal.
- What steps/commitments does your goal require? What do you need to do every day/every week to accomplish this goal and is that something you can make happen? Maybe your goal requires you to be at your CrossFit gym 6 days a week but you travel for work multiple times a month so many workouts are done with whatever equipment the hotel gym has- probably not so realistic. Don’t sell yourself short, but also be realistic about your lifestyle and what you can commit to.
- Can you really see yourself reaching your goal? You’ve set your goal, set your schedule to accomplish it now take another look- is what you wrote down for yourself do-able? And are you excited to stay the path and work towards that goal? Congrats- you’ve set some great goals for yourself! If you look at the plan and think it already looks pretty daunting and there is a good chance you won’t stick with it? Then reconsider and set a smaller goal to start out with. Once you accomplish that goal you can set another that may get you closer to your original goal- there’s no rule that says you can only set new goals at the beginning of the year!
A new year is always so exciting but make sure to set yourself up for success- success that comes early and often to keep you going all year long!