New Years Resolutions (Goal Setting)

Happy New Year to everyone (I know it is a little late) but anyway welcome to my first post for 2010. Have you made a New Year’s resolution like thousands of others to get fit? Or to hone in on one or more specific aspects of your fitness, like improved definition, increased lean muscle mass and reduced body fat? Or maybe it’s increased speed, power, endurance, flexibility or co-ordination? It could be any of these, or all of the above. advance new year 2022 wishes

Whatever your goal is, this post is designed to give you some tools to help you achieve it.

Firstly let’s discuss goal setting, which is really what a New Year’s resolution is all about. I have heard people say to me “Oh I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions”. What they are really saying is “I don’t believe in goal setting”, as a result of some negative experience they’ve had before, such as a new diet or maybe they bought a gym membership or they’ve purchased a new exercise machine and, after a few short weeks, the enthusiasm drops away.

Before they know it, they are looking for the excuses to not stick to the diet or go to the gym or use the exercise machine and soon enough they have reverted back to the conditions of their pre-New Year’s Eve resolution or goal. Or worse – they’ve come up with a mind set that supports their experience that all goal setting in any way shape or form is something that doesn’t work or is futile.

Those of us who have been around goal setting for a while would have worked out that the old adage of “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again” (unless it is parachuting) rings true. I am here to tell you that New Year’s resolutions do work as does goal setting. In fact, it is one of the few things in this life that precedes all growth and continuous forward movement.

Here are a few things to consider when goal setting:


  • Decide that you are going to do it, then stick to it. This is much easier than you think, and can be defined as “doing the thing I said I was going to do long after the feeling in which I said it in has left me”. It’s about having integrity with yourself.
  • Be realistic. Don’t expect to achieve a full front and side split in one week if you have never stretched before. Being unrealistic sets you up for failure. Set yourself up for success and set goals which are achievable but are still a stretch for you.
  • Set a start date and stick to it. Don’t keep saying “it starts tomorrow”. Set an actual date and then begin it. (read ‘Decide’ at the top of the list again) Also set a finish date, as in “I will achieve my goal by such and such a date”. Once again be realistic. By doing this you establish the two book ends which gives you a defined and specific time frame. for more information visit:-advance new year 2022 wishes
  • Be persistent and expect that you won’t always feel like doing it, but do it anyway. If you do this long enough you can actually break the habit of being ruled by how you feel.
  • Cultivate a burning desire to achieve your goal. You can help to achieve this by putting a motivational picture or photo of how you want to be in a prominent place and see yourself as that picture. I have done this myself and it works.
  • Be disciplined. This is an integral part of any regime and needs to be cultivated. It’s not always easy but it is worth the effort. We as humans are addicted to things that serve us well and also things that don’t serve us well. Don’t judge the heroin addict or the alcoholic too harshly – we get addicted to comfort. Make no mistake – comfort is a drug and it is the drug of choice for many.
  • Listen to your body. Now don’t use this as an excuse to wimp out – there is a huge difference between being over zealous or over training and your body telling you that in no uncertain terms – and you being plain lazy. Learn to rest when you need to. This makes you feel energized and more enthusiastic about your training, ultimately giving you better workouts and better results.


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