I’m a goal-setter by nature, so when each new year rolls around, I always take the time to identify the major goals I want to reach in the coming year.  Some people think New Year’s resolutions never stick, but I know that’s not true.   When I was 23 (a very long time ago!), I made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.  On January 1st I quit, cold turkey, and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since.  I’m not saying that adhering to New Year’s resolutions is easy.  I’m just saying that you can do it if the goal you’re trying to achieve is really important to you.  And, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to think about what you really want to accomplish during the coming year! 

Following are a few tips for setting and achieving your fitness goals during 2018:

1.     Plan Your Year:  Take a realistic look at where you are right now with regard to your fitness level and determine where you want to be at the end of 2018.

  Make a long-term plan for what you want to accomplish each quarter – whether that means walking a 5K in the spring, running a half-marathon in the fall, hiking the Apalachian Trail (!), whatever – and then list the steps you’ll have to take to get there.

2.     Announce Your Goals:  Once you’ve determined your goals, announce them to your friends and family, post them on FaceBook, tell your co-workers, post them on your bathroom mirror, broadcast them to the world!  When you’re tempted to give up on reaching your goal, this self-induced call for accountability will provide tremendous motivation.  And, you never know, you might inspire others to join you!

3.     Take Action:   Register for your first charity walk or goal race.  Download a strength-training program.  Attend your first yoga class.  Join a gym.  Hire a coach. Buy new walking shoes.  Just start doing it!

4.     Be Consistent:  Work, school, family, and everyday tasks can get in the way, but only if you allow them to.  Plan your week around specific daily workout times and make it happen.  Get all of your workout gear together the night before so you’ll just have to pick up the bag and go the next morning.  Commit to spending an hour a day achieving your fitness goals.  If it’s really important to you, you’ll make time for it. 

If you need some help figuring out what your big goals are, or you would like a system to help you stay on track, try downloading the app Success Wizard.  I use it every day to help me achieve my big goals and I love it! Make this your year for achieving big goals!

This is a re-posting of 2013 and 2014's motivational moments! Click on any of the articles below to be redirected to all of the past blogs.

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