Usually when I hear about people’s New Year’s resolutions, they are very general or a broad sweeping statement. “I’m going to run a marathon this year” “I’m going to eat healthier in 2016” Sound familiar? There is nothing wrong with these thoughts, and in fact they are very positive things to work towards. The largest problem we see with these types of statements is that they aren’t specific or measurable. What is the goal of the marathon, a bucket list item or are you racing for a competitive time? Is the marathon the final goal, or is it a step towards another race? When would you like to complete it and what type of training are you going to do leading up to the race? These are just some of the types of questions we want to answer before determining we are going to exercise more. Getting specific will help you figure out an appropriate plan.
The second thing we want to do is create a measurable goal, rather than a general statement. The easiest way in this case is to set a time you’d like to finish under. Next I would suggest picking a specific race, so that you can work backwards and create a training plan to help you achieve your goal time. This is something you can measure, and after creating a specific measureable goal like this, you are far more likely to stick with it and commit to this goal.
Now here we are, the start of a new year, and this is the perfect time to make a resolution. There is something alluring about the start of a new year, and while any of the changes you’d like to make could have happened in November, January is here. People are in the mood to make changes, so let your friends, family, co-workers know what your New Year’s resolutions are. The difference this year is that you are going to act on them. Take your broad sweeping statement and really think about it. Start to break that down into specific and measurable goals. Create mini goals along the way if yours is more of a long term goal. We need to stay motivated by the bigger picture, but we also need to see results along the way. Don’t let this year’s resolution turn into the same for 2017.