As we head into the New Year, we are faced with exciting opportunities, with all the typical enthusiasm for a new beginning. We get this chance every year of course, but if you were to think on it, we get it every morning too ☺ Every morning (ideally) we each wake up to a new day, a new opportunity. What if we were to make a unified decision to start each day, specifically January 01, 2019 with a plan? Not a goal, a plan.
Let’s examine the definitions of each word and how having a plan is ultimately more powerful and should be “the goal!” /ɡōl/ noun The object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. /plan/ noun A detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. An intention or decision about what one is going to do. What is your plan regarding health and fitness for this new opportunity to literally “wake up” and begin anew? Plans are detailed. Plans have a projection for the journey. Plans can be altered or adjusted as you go to coincide with the ebbs and flows of life. Plans can ramp up or settle in.
In our unified decision to approach each day with a plan, we have the ability to develop strategies, accept support, cultivate an accountability aspect and set many goals along the way. If your plan is to develop more balanced habits to replace some unbalanced habits you have, make sure to write those into your plan with dates you plan to master them. Be specific, intentional and realistic. Omit any expectation of perfection from your plan, as that is not a realistic expectation from anyone or anything. Have you ever heard the saying that “nothing goes to plan” before? That saying simply breaks down to the awesome ability of plans being flexible with the normal ebbs and flows of life. No reason to give up on a plan because during the course of your plan it shifted. So, are we good? We are all setting forth a PLAN this year, vs. setting a goal? Let’s do this!! More importantly, let’s plan to do this together!
We hope to meet and help you in 2019.
Greg Sterner, Licensed Physical Therapist and Team Leader @
Fitness Together Point Loma personal training gym