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New Year New You: Start Living Your Best Life

Hey guys!

Can you believe how quickly time flies? I mean, another year has already come and gone-it’s totally crazy!

So, how did you spend the last 12 months? Did you accomplish everything you wanted to? Did you make the changes you vowed that you would over the past year?

If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Did you know that over 75% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February? Yikes!

We all start the new year with the best of intentions, but good intentions will only get you so far in this business.

Maybe you totally love your life and literally can’t think of a single area where you’d like to improve. If so, that’s awesome and I couldn’t be happier for you!

If you’re like the other 99.9% of us though, you have things in your life you’d like to work on, goals you’d like to achieve, or barriers you’d like to break through.

Don’t find yourself in the exact same position this time next year. Decide to take action and make some meaningful, lasting changes over the next 12 months!

I’m here to show you how to get motivated, set and keep goals, and make this the year of YOU!

Why You Failed Before

a girl crying after failing to reach her new year's resolution

Chances are you’ve set a New Year’s Resolution or two in the past. If you failed to reach the goal you set, it’s so important to remember not to beat yourself up!

After you tell yourself it’s alright, and that you’ll do better moving forward, take a moment to think about why you failed.

I’m not talking about the surface-level answers you might give like “between work, school, and everything else, I just got too busy”, or “it turned out to be harder than I expected”.

Rather, I’m talking about the deeper reasons why you weren’t able to follow through with your goal, namely motivation and execution.

These are the “why” and the “how” behind your New Year’s Resolutions.

If you don’t have a strong why and a detailed how, you will not reach your goals!

Your “Why” Wasn’t Strong Enough

A woman looking sad for not reaching her weight loss goals

Any change worth making in your life is going to be a difficult undertaking.

Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger, or even do non-fitness related things like asking for a promotion at work, you have to be willing to go through a little pain and discomfort along the way.   

If the pain of changing is greater than the pain of staying the same, then you will not change.

Let that sink in.

It might sound a little overdramatic, but the principle is completely true.

Nobody likes to be uncomfortable. But if you’re trying to make some real changes in your life, some discomfort is necessary.

But if the discomfort you think you’ll feel during the process of making changes is more than the discomfort you’re feeling in your current situation, you won’t be motivated enough to act.

For instance, if you want to lose weight but you don’t have a powerful reason for doing so, you won’t be motivated to push yourself through the all the uncomfortable moments on the road to weight loss.

However, if you have a strong reason for losing weight, like wanting to have more energy to keep up with your kids, this desire can serve as the “why” you’ll need to power you toward your goals.

Before you set your resolutions for the new year, do some soul searching. Ask yourself why you want to accomplish this objective.

Write that reason down and put it someplace where you’ll see it every day. You might even consider making it the wallpaper on your phone!

Execution: Setting and Keeping Your Goal

Just as important as identifying a strong why for reaching your goals is establishing a detailed how.

Imagine setting off on a road trip for some fun, far-off place you’ve never visited before.

You know exactly where you want to end up and you can imagine all the fun things you’ll do once you get there.

The only problem is you don’t have any directions. No map, no GPS, nothing.

Do you think you’ll ever get where you want to go? I’d say chances are slim.

It sounds totally ridiculous to start a road trip without a map. But when it comes to setting goals, it can be easy to think that you’ll somehow be able to aimlessly float your way to reaching them.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Without a clear how, you’ll never arrive at your destination.

This is why it’s so important to set specific goals with a clear plan for reaching them.

Setting an Effective Goal

You’ve probably heard of S-M-A-R-T goals before. SMART is an acronym that can help you set a supercharged goal:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-based
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

An infographic showing how to set a smart goal

Here’s an example of a SMART goal to help you see what it would look like:

I will increase my cardiovascular endurance to the point that I’m able to run a half marathon in 6 months. I will achieve this by running for 45 minutes in the morning before work 4 times per week. These workouts will get longer over time as my endurance starts to improve.

After you set a detailed goal, the next step is to take action as soon as possible. Remember, the best way to start something new is just to start! There’s no reason to wait until tomorrow.

Take action today, and stick with it long enough for it to become a habit. 

It will be tough at first, and you’ll have to rely on your motivation as you make yourself do something new. But do not give up!

Keep moving forward no matter what!

Make This the Year of YOU

A group of fit women posing for a team photo

I know that you’re more than capable of accomplishing anything you want to.

So if there’s a change you’d like to make, an obstacle you want to overcome, or a feat you’d like to achieve, decide that this is the year you are going to do it!

There’s really nothing more rewarding than setting a goal and seeing it through.

Take some time to think about your life.

Identify a goal you want to achieve over the next 12 months and pinpoint and your reason for wanting to reach it. 

Once you’ve established a strong why, lay out your how and then start working on it as soon as you can!

Conclusion

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New Year’s is the perfect time for setting goals. However, keep in mind that it’s never too late (or too early) to make positive changes in your life.

There’s also no reason to set a goal you don’t care about just for the sake of goal-setting.

If you have something in your life that you truly would like to improve upon, turn it into a goal and become dedicated to reaching it!

Remind yourself every day why you care about this goal. Believe that you’ll reach it and do not stop working until you achieve it.

Remember, you are strong, powerful, and capable of anything!

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