Set yourself smaller goals

3 Jan


217298750740384706_twvCO13z_cFirst of all I want to wish all of you HAPPY NEW YEAR and I hope that 2013 is a good one for all of you!

I have no doubt that many of you have set a list of resolutions to help 2013 be a good year, no?

I am all for new years resolutions as there is nothing I like more than making a plan. It’s an exciting prospect and at the planning stage it seems as though nothing will stop you from getting to where you want to be! Wrong! The problems start shortly after this stage when you start to realise there are obstacles you are going to have to overcome such as addiction or motivation.

If everyone who proposed to give up smoking or run a marathon for their resolutions succeeded in doing so, we would be living in a fantastically healthy and motivated world! Unfortunately, there are many that give up on their goals relatively quickly. The reason for this is that their goals are far too big. The only way of proving successful at these two goals is to never smoke another cigarette again or completing the gruelling 26.2 mile circuit, both of which are extremely challenging.

It would be far more beneficial to set yourself a few smaller goals, so even if your end goal is to run the marathon, you may wish to set yourself the goal of going running for 30 minutes 3 times a week in january, then in february to extend it to 45 minutes and so on. Then you are much more likely to achieve your goals and feel good about yourself.

Give yourself the task of setting yourself one small goal each month and when I say small I really do mean small! 

Here are some examples –

  • Try cooking at least 1 new recipe each week
  • Sign up to a new exercise class
  • Cycle to work at least 3 times a week
  • Limit drinking to weekends only
  • limit smoking to 1 pack a week (if that’s a reduction!!)

Think of a few of you’re own and have fun trying something new each month, and actually having a chance of staying on track!