HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESOLUTION MATTER As we move into 2018, many people are setting their New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s great to have goals to better yourself, but I do want to offer a few pieces of advice to anyone hoping to make a meaningful change this year. The last thing we want is to look back on 2018 and realize we’re in the exact same spot as we were then. YOUR KALAMAZOO FBBC EXCLUSIVE JOURNAL 4026 SWestnedge Ave. Suite 1, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008 — www.fitbodykzoo.com
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a client set a goal that, while not shallow per se, fails to resonate with them on a deeper level. It’s not so much about the what the goal is, but rather the reasons behind it. Why does the goal even matter?
Saying “I want to lose 20 pounds this year” is good, but it’s only as powerful as the backing behind it. And usually, when it’s a numbers-based, arbitrary measurement like that, we’re opening ourselves up to disappointment and failure. At first, they’re doing pretty well, waking up early every morning to work out and get some
“In order to have success, real success, you need to know deep in your bones why you’re setting that goal.”
A better way to go about it is to say, “Okay, I’m going to commit to working out three times a week for the next four months.” Then you set a backup. If you somehow are forced to miss those workouts, you have to make sure to do some sort of physical activity one or two times that week. This way, instead of striving after some potentially impossible, arbitrary number, you’re restructuring your habits from the ground up. Plus, it’s all in your control! You can’t control the number of pounds you lose, but you can control howmuch you work out and what you eat. I’ve learned a lot about fitness in the 10-plus years since I started working out nearly every day, but the biggest lesson has to be this: It’s not worth stressing about numbers, whether you’ll fit into your bikini come spring break, or what anybody else may think of your appearance or physique. In order to have success, real success, you need to know deep in your bones why you’re setting that goal. When you’re seeking a meaningful result, like the fulfillment and lasting confidence that regular exercise brings, it becomes that much easier to wake up energized on those mornings when it’s ice cold outside and the roads are coated in snow. Sure, there will be hard days, definitely. Even I have those days where the workouts just suck on every level. But as long as you connect do a deep-rooted why for your goals, it’s very doable to make the time for you to be the best version of yourself and achieve them!
work done. When the second week comes around, we’re usually still on track. But come the third, fourth, fifth, sixth week and onwards, that numerical expectation starts to lose meaning. The work starts to ramp up, it starts to hurt, and we begin to slip up. And the moment we start missing workout dates, it makes it that much easier to skip the next workout, and before they know it, we’re back to where we started. Not only that, but a concrete, numerical measurement like the 20-pound goal is ripe with opportunities for self-criticism. Say by April we’ve lost 15 out of 20 pounds. It’s more likely that we’re disappointed that we haven’t met that goal instead of celebrating the huge strides we’ve made. We get down on ourselves. From there, it’s a slippery slope to giving up altogether. So, if setting number-based goals doesn’t work, what’s a better way to set goals that matter and that you’ll actually achieve? Well, it’s all about setting behavior goals — actions that you control.
Here’s to a fabulous 2018,
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