Happy New Year!
I hope everyone has had a great festive period and you are all ready to crush 2015!
I don’t believe in New Years resolutions, I think if you are going to make a change, set a goal or start a challenge then you should just go for it regardless of the time of year. That said, this is a pretty good opportunity to set and start taking the steps towards your goals.
1. Acknowledge where you are right now. Whatever your goal, you need to be aware of where you are starting from. No point in not being honest about where you are, it is what it is and you’re about to change it. This is point A.
2. Decide on where you want to be. This is point Z. What you are looking to work towards. If you are looking to have a fitness model body, achieve certain performance goals or whatever your goals may be (fitness related or not). This will be your final destination.
3. Remove limitations. This is difficult. It requires more than a little thought about what it is that might be stopping you from getting where you want to be. Then, list and start to remove those limiting factors and work toward building better habits, starting with the easiest and building.
For me, meal prep is a big one. When I’m busy and because I have a big calorie allowance and active job, I can get away with being a little less focussed. Unfortunately that usually means I pick up a pizza more than once a week and thats lunch. Now I know that that isn’t gonna fuel me well, so I’ve committed to doing a weekly shop on a Sunday and doing meal prep twice a week. A small step that will ensure that I have high nutrient options available all week.
4. Pick a first step. Point B, C, D etc. Most goals involve more than 1 step, rarely, if ever, are goals achievable in one step. Break down your bigger goal into a series of good little habits and mini goals. Easily achievable, bite sized pieces that allow you to build success and snowball it into bigger and bigger successes. My step B is getting the shopping done, C would be making sure I actually use it.
5. Gain momentum. Success breeds success. Each small success builds confidence and positive momentum towards the next success. Every time you win, you make the next little challenge feel more and more achievable. Focus on repeated small successes and progress is inevitable.
Now, go grab some paper and a pen, pick a body composition goal, performance goal and /or any other goal you want to achieve, break it down, list your limiting factors and make a plan to go get them.