Can you believe we’re just 2 days away from the New Year? Wow, 2014 just flew by and now we’re knocking on 2015’s door.
Now is the perfect time to think about your goals and what you want to accomplish in the next 12 months! I’ve never been a big fan of New Years Resolutions because, while I think it’s great to have goals, these resolutions usually lack any type of plan. And without a plan… well, you’re just dreaming.
So, what do you say we go into 2015 with dreams and a plan to actually achieve them?!
One of the many things I learned through the past few months is that there are outcome goals and there are behavior goals.
Outcome goals are what you want to accomplish. That could be lowering your cholesterol, losing body fat, doing 5 strict pull-ups, or the like. These are so easy to come up with! It’s so easy to say “I’m going to lose 10 pounds this year!” or “I’m going to get fit this year.”
But without the behavior goals, you’re more likely to fizzle out and not get anywhere. Behavior goals are the steps that you have to take to get to that outcome! Behavior goals are a little harder to pin-point. A lot of people either don’t know where to start or they come up with so many goals that they can’t keep up with them all.
How many of us have said, “On January 1st, I’m going to start eating 100% clean and workout every day.” And by January 14th, you’re back to your old habits because you slipped up, had some chocolate and skipped a few workouts. Then the whole year goes by and before we know it, it’s a few days from the New Year and those same goals are unchecked. <~~ Story of my life for 10 years.
But not this time. In 2015, you’re going to have a plan. And it starts with this:
- Write your goals down.
- Make sure they are specific and measurable. (“Toning up” is not a specific goal. Try again. “Lose 5% of body fat” is a specific and measurable goal.)
- Give them a specific timeline. (i.e. 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks)
- Keep ’em realistic (visible abs in 3 days when you’re 20 lbs overweight isn’t realistic as much as we would like it to be!)
- Find out your why. (Why is this goal important to you? What would it mean for you to achieve it? What would it mean for you if you didn’t achieve it?)
While you’re thinking of and writing down your goals, I’ll share some of mine with you:
Here are my outcome goals. These were super easy to come up with and it’s very “Pinteresty.”
And here are my behavior goals. Not so “Pinteresty” but way more valuable! These are specific actions that I can measure each day and they have a timeline. I know that four weeks doesn’t equal a year but it allows me to reflect on the impact these behavior goals have on my outcome goals so that I can make adjustments as needed.
These are ambitious for me and I know that. I also know that I’m human and if I don’t meet every mark, I’m not a lost cause. Don’t give up on yourself if you aren’t perfect! Goodness, no one is! Write it down, journal on your feelings about it and move on. Get back on track and believe in yourself.
Ok, it’s your turn now.