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6 Things to Think About for your New Year's Resolution to Work

Jan 23, 2014

I used to think New Year’s resolutions were silly. Everyone always had one, but never stuck to it. I’ll be the first to admit, it happened to me too. I didn’t start actively working toward one until a couple years ago.

I made a resolution to train as hard as I possibly could to play a significant role on Lindenwood’s football team. Well, it paid off! Until I tore my ACL in the very first game of the year. But never mind that sob story. The thing is, I made a resolution and followed through with it! And it was because I followed a specific formula. For any goal or resolution to work these 6 things must exist to help you achieve whatever it is you want.

1. Is it S.M.A.R.T

a. This should be for any goal you want to achieve…specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If you can put your resolution with these then it can definitely happen!

2. Is it Challenging

a. If it isn’t challenging then why do it. Challenging goals will give you so much more satisfaction when you complete them compared to a simple one that could be accomplished in a day.

3. What is your reward if completed

a. Have a reward so you can use that as some motivation for completing your goal. If your goal is to lose 30 lbs., then have a reward of buying some new clothes! Having that incentive can be that much more of a push towards reaching your resolution.

4. What is your motivation

a. Know why you are choosing this resolution. For example, quit smoking…to live longer and set a good example for my kids. Motivation could be all internal or you can have external motivation like friends and family, the reward at the end, or something way in the future. Whatever it is, find it, and use it to your advantage.

5. Who all is it going to benefit

a. It could benefit just you. Or it could benefit many. Quitting smoking will benefit your children. Being friendlier will benefit everyone you interact with. Looking at the big picture of who is benefiting can put things in perspective for you to focus on sticking with the resolution, whatever it may be.

6. Are you committed

a. It’s simple, if you’re not committed, it won’t work! Being committed toward the resolution or goal is the number one thing that will make or break you. If you’re interested, you will fail. If you’re committed, you will succeed!

Goals/Resolutions are a necessity to success. Without them, what are we working or striving for? Once you realize that you can reach a goal then the possibilities are endless!

One more thing to keep in mind. You have to know that every goal you set will not be achieved. It’s a harsh truth. But it’s good to fail. It sounds counterintuitive, but it makes you work even harder next time!

Good luck!

Here’s to 2014,

Brian Winters
Manager, Fitness Together

P.S. If you would like help making and sticking to your resolution this year, it’s not too late to call me. I’d be happy to talk with you and tell you about the cool things we’re doing at the studio!. Call me today. 314.909.9565

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