2016 is here, a time at which we tend to step into the New Year with new hopes and dreams! We hope to look better, get stronger or even intend to step into the gym more often. Whilst most people plan to use this special time of the year to list down all their new goals, whether it is FATLOSS, to get healthier, to train for a bodybuilding competition or an athletic event, the problem with these goals is that sometimes they can be difficult to achieve or even unattainable. Why? Because many people expect instant results set unrealistic expectations or make changes to their lifestyle or eating habits that are not sustainable. As some goals are more difficult than others and require patience to be achieved, people tend to get lazy and demotivated. Here are some tips to help you reach your goals for 2016!
The best lesson I learnt in 2015 is that intention DOES NOT equal action. It is great to have a plan but a plan remains just that until something is done about it. Irrespective of what the plan entails, even if it is not fully thought out, one should always strive to push ahead and work towards it fruition.
If you have tried everything under the sun towards your goals in previous years without success, perhaps it is time to consider getting some professional help! People often overlook the value in seeking professional help. Sure you can save more money by doing it on your own but what if you could achieve better and faster results? Many of us are guilty of procrastinating, or as its also known, the chief thief of time. Break this cycle and start looking at experts in the field that could be to your benefit.
Trust me, it makes a huge difference! Keeping track or even a record of your progress is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable towards your goal while also keeping your resolutions on the top of your mind. By consistently keeping a record of your progress, you are by default consistently working on your goal and can see how far you’ve come which can be a huge motivator when you see results! It also gives you the opportunity to reassess your goals and make adjustments for unforeseen circumstances that you may have come across after first setting your resolution.
MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY
This is perhaps the hardest thing to do especially if you have a hectic work schedule ahead. Learn to prioritise, plan ahead and be proactive. Even a simple list of pre-planned groceries or of healthy neighboring restaurants around your workplace can minimise the possibility of you having to impulse shop or order fast food. Remember, you are only given one body so start taking care of it before its too late!
In conclusion, try not to have too much on your plate at one time. Take things one day at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up every now and then. Don’t be afraid to start again and most importantly don’t ever give up! Learn to be proud of yourself for reaching every milestone, no matter how small, and treat yourself for reaching each and every goal.
Good luck with your resolutions and have a Happy New Year!