Updated: Mar 29, 2020
Happy New Year everyone! 2019 is coming to close and a new decade is starting. 2020, it's hard to believe!
Today I want to briefly talk about resolutions and why I think they're kind of pointless. Most of the time no one sticks to their resolutions because they're usually so far out there that you don't give yourself a chance to be successful.
It's definitely important to have goals. I'm not saying they're not important. If you want to lose 10 pounds, that's a good goal to have, but think about why you want to do that.
What's your incentive?
If you just think "I should lose 10 pounds so I look better at the beach", that is not going to give you enough motivation to get up at five in the morning to go exercise, change your diet, and not eat those cookies that you're co-worker brings into the office. But if you go see your doctor and he says, "Okay if you don't change your diet, change your exercise routine, and lose 10 pounds, then your probability of having a heart attack is much higher. That changes your incentive!
If you set a goal to complete a race in six months, that's a good goal. But your incentive is you don't want to get out there and completely die, crash, and bomb, right?
If you set that goal, be sure to set much smaller goals and start there first.
If you're thinking, "Okay, I gotta finish this race", but you don't think about the small things that come before that, then you're setting yourself up for failure.
The same thing goes for that 10 pounds. Don't look up to the top of the summit and think, "Oh man, how am I gonna get all the way up there?" It's one step at a time right? Think "Okay, 10 pounds is the goal, but I need to lose one pound first. What do I need to do to lose that one pound first? What does that break down to on a weekly basis? I need to work out three times a week? Okay, that's my smaller goal per week. That's a more achievable goal.
So don't automatically think to that long-term goal first. Think about the smaller steps along the way. That's the reason why I think a lot of people fail with their resolutions. They don't think about the small steps.
Have a good New Year. Think about the good things that happened in '2019 and incorporate those together with your 2020 goals, and then think about the small steps along the way that you need to do in order to hit that target.
And if you need help with figuring out what those small steps are, give me a call, we can set up complimentary consultation call and get you going!
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. Stay safe, and I'll see you next week.