Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Be truthful, how many have you achieved? Do you give up by the end of January? You are not alone. The number of gym memberships that go unused after February 1st is staggering.
The reason is mostly unrealistic goals. Oh, the end goal is not unrealistic but the journey to get there is.
For example, you might set a goal of running the Boston Marathon and you are not a runner. The first week of January you go out running, get shin splints and give up on the goal.
The goal, any goal, should have been broken down into smaller, achievable, and measurable goals.
- First Goal – I will go to the gym and learn what exercises and yoga will prepare me for running
- Second Goal – I will practice until I can do 10 laps comfortably at Rotary Bowl
- Third Goal – I will enter 5 kilometre fun runs on Vancouver Island
- Fourth Goal – I will enter half marathon fun runs on Vancouver Island
- Fifth Goal – I will enter full marathons on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland until I get a qualifying time to apply for a spot in the Boston Marathon
- Sixth Goal – Acceptance and finishing the Boston Marathon!
You need the goals to be measurable and you need to reward yourself. ‘When I have consistently done 10 laps of Rotary Bowl I will treat myself to a cross-country skiing weekend at Mount Washington’. ‘When I successfully complete my first half-marathon I will splurge and buy myself the running shoes I have been wanting’.
No matter what the goal make sure;
- It is realistic
- It is bite-size
- It is measurable
- You reward yourself
Here is to a successful 2015!