New Year's Fitness Resolutions - 7 Steps To Help
Reach Your Goals
this time of year everyone makes resolutions or sets goals, cleans
out the refrigerator, closets, dressers and begins the journey of
"their new life", only to be dejected and disappointed
in 8 weeks because they have not continued or carried through on
their journey. They say they failed and proceed to impress upon
their own minds that they have failed, yet once again. What if there
was no failure? What if failure did not exist and simply wasn't
I can show you in 7 steps how to make failure obsolete in your
life. Now, I did not say that I could make your life free of pain
and growth, but I can show you a life without failures. Why believe
me? Because I live it myself. I show my clients everyday that failure
does not exist. Every day, they live lives without failure.
Let's take a look at the "anatomy of failure to reach a goal".
There are only a few reasons that goals do not come to fruition!
- They are not written or they are not written correctly. Tell
me if you have heard this one, "Hey Cindy, Happy New Year!
Did you make any resolutions for the year? Why yes, Carol, I am
going to lose weight this year, finally."
were never really important enough. If you belong to a gym, you
know this one all too well. The parking lot is packed, no cardio
equipment available, no room in classes to really workout, machinery
is all taken and in 4 to 6 weeks, they will be empty again. Why
is this? It's because the "finally getting in shape"
goal was not important enough to continue to work through the
- They (goals) don't provide the proper "tools" to make
it happen. When you need a lawyer, you go to a lawyer. When the
water is pouring out of the pipes in your house, you call a plumber.
If you're sick, you call a nurse or doctor. But getting in shape,
getting your health back, well it's been working for you so far
hasn't it? Trainers are not even considered because of the cost.
Yes, there are trainers that can afford to live anywhere they
want, but they are the exception, not the rule, just like in any
other business. We don't cost 1/3 of a doctor and we won't charge
- They were just not in proper sequence. Think of a ladder. You
want to climb to the top, but you have to start with the rung
on the bottom. It's that simple. Goals have to be completed in
such a manner as to be able to climb the next rung. We wouldn't
expect a baby to walk at 3 months, but we expect that of ourselves.
There is more learning that needs to happen.
That's it! Very rarely will you find one of these statements false.
So, if that is it, then how do we keep it from happening over and
over and conditioning ourselves to believe a falsehood? Here are
the 7 steps to living a failure-free life and it all begins with
the goal. We all know that goals are to be written according to
the SMART philosophy:
- S = specific
- M = measurable
- A = achievable
- R = realistic
- T = timeframe
That is a good start, but I believe the goals should be NATURAL.
N=Now, written as if they are being lived this very second, A=action,
written with action, movement towards the goals, T=Tangible, feel
it, taste it, touch it, see it, smell it, U=Unusual, this means
out of the ordinary for you because ordinary has not been working,
R=Realistic, see yourself performing it, A=Appropriate, losing 100
pounds could be appropriate, but not in 2 months, L=Limited, there
is a limited amount of time to make it a reality.
That's all there is to it. It's not magic but it might be difficult,
so every single reward will taste so sweet!