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New Year, New Goals

It's a new year and so of course it's a time where everybody starts to look at what goals, milestones and accomplishments they want to achieve this year. I want to challenge that notion today and encourage you to think differently about how you set goals for the New Year.

Rather than looking at one specific accomplishment you’d like to achieve, be it to lose 30 pounds or a complete a half marathon or save $5,000, I want to encourage you to think about what your life would look like in the grand scheme of things—if you made 2016 the best year of your life. Can you envision that? What would that even look like? What would your typical day look like? How would you feel on December 31, 2016 looking back at everything you've accomplished this year and the way you lived? What would you like to tell yourself next year on New Year's Eve?

These are the kind of pieces that I think will help guide you towards setting not just goals but also outlining why you want to really achieve these things and what's really important to you.

Far too often, especially in the fitness industry, we see people set one-dimensional goals that may or may not have anything to do with their real values and what's really going to make a difference in their life. You may set a goal to lose 30 or 40 pounds, but if all the extra time spent at the gym, meal planning, going through fitness and nutrition programs, are consuming your entire world and leaving no space for hobbies, relationships, family or for the other things that are important to you, you're doomed to fail. Because it's not in alignment with what your true goals and true vision are for the year.

I believe this is one of the reasons most people fail to reach their New Year's resolutions. We lost perspective. Because we haven't really thought about what truly would feel right for us this year and how we truly want to live. Now I'm not saying that a fitness goal or weight loss goal or a health goal doesn't have a role to play in what could potentially be your best year ever. For many of us that is one area of improvement that can cause us to be continually stressed or worried or lead to a lack of confidence which affects everything else in our lives.

What I am saying is I think you need to make sure whatever goal you set is from the perspective of what's really important to you. If you want to look back on New Years Eve and have a full length of memories with your family and loved ones, of trips taken, of amazing experiences, perhaps some of those are fitness related but perhaps not that, I think that's going to impact the way you plan and set your goals. Maybe you set a goal to lose 15 or 20 pounds. But perhaps you set it at a rate of 2 pounds a month and give yourself the space to take those vacations, to have that family time and to not stress out about what you're trying to accomplish. Or perhaps you want to take a couple months off this summer, maybe you want to accelerate that goal and then work to maintain it and instill new habits so you’re able to accomplish anything the remainder of the year. I think we need to zoom out and truly think about what would you tell yourself on New Years Eve and what would you be most grateful for in that moment. If you can hold on to that vision to guide you as we start this year off, you're going to be much more likely to succeed at whatever goals you set.

For more tips on how to set realistic goals and actually make a plan to achieve them, consider joining our “Results NOT Resolutions” Workshop at the end of January if your local to us here in Charleston. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT in our workshop.

Cheers to a wonderful 2016 full of success joy and happiness and health.



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