2016. It’s Big. It’s Bold. It’s in your face and it’s right around the corner.
Look, I get it, every year you have big resolutions to get the strongest you’ve ever been, drop the most weight you ever have and eat the best you ever will. But the truth is, having these huge goals and resolutions can be a big set up for feeling like a big failure.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for using failure as a vehicle to move forward, but being realistic and intentional as you move into the new year is going to serve you way better than setting some whopping resolution that will only leave you feeling stressed and under a lot of pressure.
For example, last year one of my goals was to hold a handstand for one minute straight. Did I go into this goal NEVER doing a handstand in my life? NO! I had been working on it all year long and the closest I got was 54 seconds. So, my goal was realistic, reachable and attainable. I set myself up for success. Did I do it? Heck yea, but not right away. Great things take time and persistence.
Did you know that only nine percent of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions? Yes, nine percent. That’s nothing! And my guess is, with your busy lifestyle, awesome and demanding job, and all the other things you have to juggle on a daily basis, it can be a struggle to fit in your workouts and eat healthy every day. Trust me, I know it’s a lot to manage.
How to Succeed
So, instead of setting these huge massive resolutions for yourself this year, take some time to reflect on 2015 and see what worked for you and what didn’t.
1. Look at what you want to change and what you want to stay the same. What you can add, and what you can take away.
2. Where are you strengths, and where are your weak spots. And do you want to strengthen your weak spots? And if so, what small, measurable steps can you take to get there? This will give you a good idea, based on your current lifestyle, where you can kick it up and where you can pare back.
3. Set your goals from here. Be realistic
Remember that having variety in your life is important for feeling empowered, motivated and purposeful. Changing things up and being consistent with those things works too. It helps you grow, and I know you want that because you’re a leader, you’re cutting-edge and you don’t have time for boredom. It IS the kiss of becoming unhealthy.
So, Happy 2016 to you. Get out there and create magic my friend!