Every year people set goals and have New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape and change their life. At the same time, hundreds of people fall short of their goals and end up even more frustrated than when they started. Far too often people set unrealistic expectations for the year, or they set such vague goals, it leaves too much room for excuses.
As Sean Croxton of undergroundwellness.com said in his recent article, “Mindset. I say 90-percent of success is driven by your mindset.”
If you set a goal to lose 50 pounds this year, that’s a tough goal. However, with the right training and approach it is possible, but you have to commit to it. You have to be in the right mindset. It’s also about committing to a healthy diet, changing your nutritional habits and having a positive attitude.
Instead of losing 50 pounds, maybe the goal would be to lose 25, or run a marathon. Setting a more realistic expectation and seeing results will help you have a more positive attitude and facilitate more lifestyle changes. You’ll also have a better time, knowing there isn’t an impossible goal to reach. You can hit the 25 pound mark and move on to the next 25. An event, like a marathon or tough mudder race or any type of physical challenge will give you a sense of accomplishment and something tangible to work for.
Too vague of goals leave you with the possibilities of not caring or leaving too many opportunities for excuses. If you just say, “I want to get in shape,” what type of accountability is there? It’s too easy to turn down training or not making a healthy choice when you don’t have a serious goal to try and hit.
The New Year is a great time to set goals for yourself and do the things you truly wish to do in life. But you can start anytime. If it’s health and fitness related, commit to it. I am sure you can find 4 hours each week to improve the most important thing in life.