resolutions

How are your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

Revisit your goals!

We say it often. Write them down. Cross them out. Highlight them. Whatever you can do to make them more tangible – more real. Because that is the secret…there is no magic, there is no trick (not one that works anyways) to realizing your goals. Write down attainable goals somewhere that you will walk past them several times a day, interact with your list when progress is made – or when you feel stagnant! Write little sub-goals under your major goals that will help point you in the direction of them, for instance:

Goal: Run a marathon
a.) buy proper footwear
b.) run 1/2 mile today
c.) run total of 2 miles this week
d.) run 5 out of 7 days next week
etc.

Or get creative with something like this!

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The reason we are urging you to revisit your resolutions this week is because this is the time of year when your life gets back to normal. You settle back into a routine after Summer insanity, and that is a great time to implement new habits, to set goals, to re-focus.

There is one thing in particular that we are asking you to focus in on right now, and that is to take care of YOU! So in case you have surpassed all your New Year’s Resolutions – or maybe you have just forgotten them altogether – we’ve got a whole set of resolutions for you to adopt into your routine!

1. Workout
Make your workout a priority! This one is a little bit obvious, but being consistent with your workout routine will increase your overall energy and lead to better food choices as well as better sleep.

2. Sleep
Speaking of sleep – this too should be a priority! Plan for 7-8 hours of shut eye each night, and start winding down one hour before you intend to be asleep in order to avoid sleeplessness. TV before bed is one common mistake a lot of people make, but that intense stimulation actually makes it more difficult for your mind to relax – especially those crime shows! Cut it out!

3. Floss
This is an easy way to start taking care of yourself in a big way! Have trouble remembering to work it into your routine? Try keeping floss in the shower to make it part of your bathing routine.

4. Hydrate
One of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves is to drink enough water. Being dehydrated affects your cognitive ability, your performance, and even your skin! Feel AND look better just by drinking adequate water. Spread it out throughout the day though! Trying to catch up on all your fluids for the day at once can lead to discomfort or in rare cases hyponatremia.

5. Take a multivitamin
If your diet throughout the day does not consist of a wide variety of foods in all colors of the rainbow, most likely you could benefit from a good multivitamin supplement. Place them somewhere you will see them every day and pop one as your insurance policy that you are getting everything your body needs to function optimally.

Make yourself a priority! Remember: if your cup is empty, you cannot fill anyone else’s. If you don’t take care of yourself regularly, you won’t be able to provide adequate care for anyone else.

Stop looking in the Rear View Mirror!

I’ve been reflecting a lot on 2010 over the last month.  No doubt it’s been a crazy year in my life, personally and professionally.  This time of year is always a great time to consider your goals for the next 12 months, but I was focusing on 2010 to help me set my goals for 2011.  This can be good and bad.  My grandma used to say “if you don’t know where you’ve been, you’ll never know where you’re going.”  This was usually followed by a great story about the “old days”.  That’s GREAT advice, too, however, I found that I was also getting hung up on what went wrong in 2010 and was using that to set my 2011 path.

Look forward.... Not back...

So, a good friend suggested I stop looking in the rear view mirror!  More Great Advice!  I read a blog written by an amazing colleague, Alwyn Cosgrove, who discussed a “process goal”.  This is a goal that’s not necessarily an “outcome goal” like, I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st, but it’s a simple “do this” goal that I can make constant progress towards.  My process goal is to workout at least 4x a week.  My schedule is hectic and I’m not teaching as much, but this is a goal I can accomplish and will keep me on the path of good health.  I’ll keep these workouts INTENSE, so my time is WELL SPENT!

I have A LOT of goals for 2011, but I know from experience that many of us try to accomplish all of our goals too quickly and we end up sabotaging our efforts.  Alwyn actually spoke to this subject, too.  He suggests a “goal snowball”.

1) List five or six behaviors you need to improve or change to reach your goals. What do you need to be doing that you’re not doing? What bad habits do you need to kick? What good habits do you need to instill?

2) List these things from easiest to hardest.

3) “Maintain” all your other goals and focus your attention on the first thing on your list (the easiest one.) Spend two weeks just focusing on achieving that goal so that it becomes a habit.

4) Once that change has been made and ingrained, move up to the next item on your list and focus your efforts there.

I’ve created a plan, a “path” so to speak for 2011.  It’s personal and professional and my list is long, but, I BELIEVE it’s accomplishable (is that a word?!?)!  Have you laid your path?  I suggest you do.  And share them with a support person who will keep you accountable.  I’ll be blogging a lot more in 2011, so stay tuned.  I’m using my blog as a way to journal my path, it will include personal and business and fitness related topics, but I hope you can pull something from a few that will enhance your path in 2011.

Happy New Year!  Please share your goals below in comments, as WRITING them down is KEY!