Happy New Year!!! It is that time of the year when we all think of our goals for this upcoming year. Some people do really well and follow through with their goals and others not so much, myself included, although I think I have been getting better the last few years by changing a few things around.
Here are some tips for setting new year’s resolutions.
If you do not write it down, you are much less likely to complete those goals. Keep your list in a place where you will see it regularly. Tape it to the back door in the toilet so if you need to sit there for a while, you have something to read and you have time to think about your goal and what else you need to do to achieve those goals.
SMART goals help us outline greater detail of our goal making the process more realistic and achievable. This will teach you how to set your goals and keep them (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)chievable, (R)elevantand (T)imely.
If you haven’t read our article on SMART goals, click here..
Like Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” There is no use in only writing down a goal and waiting for a miracle to happen. You have to plan these things. Do you want to learn some French so you can communicate while you are on your holiday in August? YES! Will you be able to converse in French by August if you do not plan to learn? NO! Try getting a French language book and aim to complete the first chapter by the end of January, then the second Chapter by February and so on and so forth. OR by the end of January, have a list of beginner French classes in your area that you can attend. Enrol and start to learn. Making a plan gives me that feeling of je ne sais quoi.
The more people you tell the more people that will hold you accountable to those goals and motivate you that much more. They can also help you make those goals more realistic or even give you tips on how to achieve those goals.
Say you are trying to lose 10kg within 6 months but then in the 3rd month, you some how accidentally eat an entire tub of ice cream AND a whole block of chocolate which makes you put on 3kg. Whoops!!! Do not worry, that is just a bit of a setback. Get back on the horse and try again. Just because you had a little set back, it is not an excuse to say “Oh well, I’ll try again next year.” Say to yourself “That’s ok, I will try better now,” and just keep going. You can lose the rest of that weight within the next three months.
Setting goals can be quite difficult sometimes, especially when it is physical and you are injured or you have a certain condition and you are not too sure on what you can do. Come in to see your exercise physiologist today and we can help you set your goal and work on it with you. Your goal can range anything from “I want to be able to get out of the car without assistance”, "I want to play with my grandchildren without having pain in my back” to “I want to run a marathon this year”. Whatever your goal is, let us show you how we can help.
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