Let’s get down to it, most people say they want to lose weight or be healthier for their New Year’s resolution. If you’re like me, you don’t remember a year that that WASN’T your resolution.
Every year, we put on our yoga pants that at this point have been used as acceptable brunch attire and everything BUT yoga. We buy a new fitbit or kettlebell or expensive DVD workout package.
THIS year it’s going to be different.
So has it been? Probably not.
Here is the problem, we set these resolutions and get all excited and go hard for a couple days and then what happens? Life gets in the way. We start getting busier as work gets stressful. The kids start a new sport. You start a new relationship. You know what I am talking about… excuses.
But we end up going back to our old lifestyle and that new equipment ends up sitting in a bin that we walk by and ignore everyday. All of a sudden its been weeks and you start the “I’ll start again on Monday” and around and around we go.
The problem is not with your goal. You can set them as lofty as your heart can dream because that is not what is tripping you up. As annoying as it is to us, the only way to be successful when we are talking about lifestyle changes, is to take it tiny piece by piece. Start with a piece of paper. List your goal nice and big at the top and then you need to put your brain to work.
List out every small thing you will need to do constantly to reach your goal. If your goal is to lose weight, you want to start with drink more water, have healthy snacks on hand, park at the furthest parking spot, take the stairs, incorporate a vegan day each week, go to the gym 4x a week, have healthy smoothies for breakfast, etc. Go until you end up with 52 different tiny things (If you need help with health ideas, I read a book that did all this for you).
The next thing I want you to do is split up these into the harder and easier tasks. It is okay if you have more easier ones, that means your thought process broke everything down far, which is exactly what we want. You can rewrite them into columns, but I prefer to use my original list and then two different highlighters. If you are using a computer to do this, your life will be 10x easier.
Now the fun part! Start arranging this list, spreading out all the harder tasks so the list is balanced. And thats it! You have officially made a game plan!
For your first week, your job is to only focus on completing the first task on your list. I KNOW you are going to want to do probably the first four or five, but that is only going to set you up for overwhelm and ultimately failure. Big, life changing goals are not something that can be achieved in a week. If they were, we would all have perfect health, be a CEO, and driving around in a Lexus.
In the second week, you need to review your list, and find out what your focus that week will be. The trick is that you need to do task #1 and #2. In week three, you need to do your best to do #1, #2, AND #3.
Every week isn’t going to be perfect, and sometimes tasks start to become obsolete in your journey. If you resolution is to pay off all your debts, once your car is paid off, you obviously don’t have to put any more money toward that. Which leads me to the last step.
If you stick to your plan or at least attempt to, your life is going to change. You are going to develop better habits, become more knowledgeable, and so much more. Embracing these successes are what is going to make it all worth it! So now think of 4 major milestones you want to achieve this year.
If your resolution is to get healthier, losing 20 pounds, running a 10k, squat 150lbs, or do ten pull ups consecutively are some examples of milestones. Paying off a certain bill, making an investment, and get a raise/higher paying job are examples if you are wanting to be wealthier and manage your money better. Order these milestones from most attainable to the most stretchiest of goals and assign a quarter to them.
Every 90 days, you should (ideally) be able to hit one of these goals. Make one milestone the theme of your next 90 days and keep your eye on the prize. Working hard to get all your milestones at one time will put your goal too out of reach. Working towards just one is the way to success and your dreams coming true.
So whether you’re reading this on January 1st or in the middle of August, you can plan out the next year of your life right now. Start constructing habits that are going to help you get to where you want. Be unapologetic about your goals and work your ass off for them. It is inexcusable to settle in this life because we only get one shot at this thing called life and you deserve to work hard. You deserve to test yourself. You deserve to achieve your goals.