New year, new me right?
The Christmas holidays are the best time of year, we spend time with loved ones, relax and indulge in decadent foods, however we also pay the price when we pack on the pounds. There is nothing wrong with indulging and taking a break from your usual routine but we all know how hard it can be to get back into a routine after some time off whether it be with exercise or work.
Now is the perfect time for you to reset, set some new goals and embark on your own journey throughout 2018.
Although it’s a new year, not much has changed really, it’s up to you to make those changes and make it all happen this year.
In this weeks blog, we will be sharing some tips on how to get back on track and start kicking those goals for 2018.
Have you taken time to reflect on the past year and what you achieved, what you would change, the good and the bad?
This is often a good start, sitting down and reflecting, did you achieve everything you wanted to last year?
Evaluate, what worked for you last year and what didn’t. No one likes to make the same mistakes twice so this is an important step moving forward and setting your goals for the new year.
A list is always a good idea whether it be a shopping list or a list of goals for the new year. Start your list with relatively achievable and realistic goals, there is no point setting unrealistic goals that you have little to no chance of achieving as this creates opportunity for disappointment and the feeling of failure. In saying that make sure you are setting goals that still challenge you and require you to stay motivated. Putting your goals in the order you would like to achieve them is also a good idea.
Review your goals on a weekly or fortnightly basis, this will ensure you know where you are at, what you need to do and if you need to make any additional changes. It is a good idea if you develop a habit of sitting down at the end of the week and reviewing your list of goals and having an understanding of where you sit currently and where you need to be moving forward.
Some of us need to see things visually for them to stick. Why not use your creative flair and create a vision board. It is a good idea to keep the vision board somewhere where it can be seen on a daily basis and be a constant reminder to yourself of what you are working towards.
Breaking down your larger goals into smaller ones throughout the year is a highly effective method of managing your goals and getting closer to achieving them. For example, you may want to lose 10kg, this doesn’t happen overnight, breaking down that goal into a bunch of smaller goals like losing 1kg a fortnight or whatever it may be will make it seem easier to achieve and tackle head on.
Don’t slack off
Ok so we may all be guilty of this, well most of us are! Setting all these fantastic goals for the new year and getting hyped up, then the excitement dies down, so does our motivation and we slack off. For some of us this happens early in the year, for others it may be mid-end of the year. It is important to remember each year we are given 365 days to make changes in our lives and each day we have a new opportunity to get closer to reaching those goals we have set for ourselves.
This is an important step, reward yourself for each and every one of your accomplishments. This will help you stay motivated and really give you something to look forward to and you deserve it. By rewarding yourself in the moment when you achieve a goal, this will create a positive emotion and doing this continuously your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing a task and this is a positive movement for you.
Your goals may not be fitness related so these tips are for anyone and each person’s individual goals. Don’t forget you are in control and you can make it happen. Here’s to the new year 2018!