Ok, it is getting close to that time of the year when we impulsively decide to set crazy and unrealistic goals that we have no intention of following through with….
Is this you?
Let’s make a new commitment this year…
No bull#*$ goals that you have not intention of following through with!!
So, what is the alternative?
Let’s refuse to set our goals for the new year until we are at least 7 days into it. The festive season is exactly that, a time to be enjoyed! Why put pressure on yourself by setting goals which you know you are going to fail, forcing you to beat yourself up for failing (EVEN THOUGHT YOU KNEW THIS WAS THE MOST LIKELY OUTCOME).
Who made the crazy rule that we need to start New Year’s Resolution’s on the first day of the New Year anyway!
The best way to counteract this, and still set a realistic and achievable goal, is to take an honest look at your plans for the holiday season. If you are going to be away on vacation until the end of January, it is wiser to set the starting date for your commitments once this holiday period is over.
While you may find this advice goes against just about everything you have read, the key to your success is setting a goal that your mind can believe. Setting a goal that starts in February when you know you are away on holidays for all of January sets a far more achievable plan than starting on 1 January of the new year.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of setting goals just because it is a new calendar year. Set goals that are in a realistic time frame for your personal situation.
Your weight loss plan is all about you.
Your needs, and the habits you need to break or create, are all that matters – the date on a calendar is irrelevant.
Please note, if you are hell bent on starting your goals as at 1 January, this is ok too! There is nothing stopping you from doing this and there is certainly nothing wrong with it. All we are suggesting is that your goals should be driven from within, not the numbers on a calendar.
Suggestion 2 is to start small.
If your overarching goal is to lose 50 pounds, chunk it down.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time!
So how do you lose a large amount of weight?
One pound or kilogram at a time!
For example, if your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds, then make your initial goal to lose 10 pounds and commit to doing so in a specific period of time. This doesn’t mean that you stop striving for your main goal, it simply means that you put all your attention and effort into the first short term goal
Success in your first short term goal will give you the momentum to forge ahead and achieve your ultimate goal. While setting a huge goal and achieving it can be exhilarating, setting up regular bite size goals that are achievable and lead up to your ultimate goal can increase your chance of success exponentially!