Here we are, at the start of another year. Like me, you’ve probably reflected on last year, and have even started to look forward to getting a few of those
things done you didn’t accomplish. Or even been motivated and creative and have set some new goals for this coming year. A lot of goals we think about,
and have the best of intentions, but they just don’t seem to get done. Or we start off and they drift again as we get busy with our day to day lives.
The old new year’s resolutions…mmm….
Well, I’ve had enough of not getting it all done!
Here a few strategies I’ve implemented over the last week (and today!) to increase my chances of success!
Success Secret No.1
- Set my goals! Obvious of course, but I’ve followed the time and tested S.M.A.R.T. goal theory, and actually set some goals. My goals are: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. So here is one goal of mine, relating to my health and fitness: by 1st November 2019, I am going to get my waist measurement to below 79cm. This gets my waist measurement to less than I was when I completed my last Ironman Triathlon. And I don’t plan on training 22 hours a week (at this stage anyway!). Plenty of time this year – 10 months - but requires a sustained effort.
What - use a pen and paper?
- Goals – got them – so write them down! I’ve written them down and have them staring at me where I do my work on my laptop. I’ll also put them up in the gym so my clients can see them – and I’ll be accountable to them! Public pressure to stick with it!
Got the goals now - but how do I get there?
- Deal with the process challenges! Achieving my goals comes with many facets, so I’m reviewed some key aspects of what needs to be done to ensure I
achieve my goals – and I’m also writing them down:
- Nutrition - Complete 3 x Metabolic Precision 12 Week blocks – and with my own trainer. Accountability to someone else works! This involves some habit changes (see below).
- Muscle mass training – need to get that metabolism humming! I’ll complete 4 x 12 Week F.I.R.E. (Focused Intense Resistance Exercise) training blocks (which started Jan 1!). I’ve planned these out already into a periodised approach. Very similar to my clients training blocks.
- Include more consistent I.C.E. training within my weekly schedule. Depending in the time of year, this will be 1-2 sessions per week.
- Change some habits. The science of habits is fascinating, and for me, is a key factor in whether I will be successful or not. These go both ways: adjust
habits that don’t help me towards my goals and develop new ones that do help me towards my goals. Here’s some I’ll be working on:
- Plan my nutrition each week, get the shopping and meal prep done consistently. I’m just back from a few days down the coast and am about to do a plan, and shop and prep for the rest of the week.
- Sleep – my best intentions go out the window when I’m tired. A habit of going to bed at the right time (without a device nearby!) and getting a nap in occasionally works for me. This is probably the greatest contributor to success or failure for me. If I’m well rested, I have heaps of energy and get a lot done and stick to my plans. If I’m tired…ahhgg….
- Record what I’m doing. If I have the data, I can review what I’m doing and adjust if needed. I can also get help in areas I can’t fix myself, and this will be much easier with data!
But that is not all...
Habits, Habits, Habits!
So there you have it. My approach for this year. There are a lot of details in there that I have glossed over, so stay tuned as I navigate the year, and the ups and downs that inevitably are on the road ahead.
Now it’s your turn – what are your goals for this year?
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