If you're like 90% of the planet, today you are thinking about your goals for 2018. And for 90% of that 90% a health/fitness goal is one of those resolutions.
There are 19 days left in 2016. It feels like 2015 was only 19 days ago. Funny when you look back how fast time flies. But it's also funny how a 12 week fat loss phase feels like it lasts 12 years. But when you take a second and think about how fast this year has gone by, think about how much closer (or even past) your goals you could be if you had started January 1, 2016.
January marks a new year and for most people, the quest to be a new you. Whether you want to be stronger, be skinnier, be smarter, be more successful, etc. etc., chances are you're thinking about what you'll start on January 1. The biggest problem I see with New Year's Resolutions is the lack of a plan. People say "Oh, I'll start in the New Year" and before you know it (here's that time thing again), it's New Year's and you have no idea how to even start. And before you know it, you've given up and are going to wait until next week, next month, or even next year.
Don't let this be another year of failed resolutions. Regardless of what your goal is, start making a plan NOW. You don't have to start today, but if you have a plan in place when you do start, your chances of success will be much greater. It doesn't have to be a plan that I gave you, the internet gave you, or your friend gave you. Figure out what YOUR plan should be, what YOU can stick with and execute it to the best of your ability.
Be flexible. No plan ever goes off without a hitch. It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing. One slip-up isn't going to derail your progress. Take each one as a learning experience, re-group, adjust your plan, and move forward. If you realize you don't like something, don't do it. Make it fun, enjoy the process and reward yourself for the small victories.
And be patient. Just because you don't see results in a week, doesn't mean you won't see them the next week. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your goal. Have you ever gotten a PHD in a week? Didn't think so. Small successes add up to big victories and you will be amazed what you an accomplish in just a few weeks if you don't quit.
I want success for every person that asks me for help. And unfortunately I can usually tell within a few conversations whether they will be successful or not. I will help someone as much as I possibly can within my scope of practice, but there's got to be some initiative. You've got to want it and have the desire to reach your goals. There's a difference in wanting it and wanting it enough. That difference will be what wakes you up early each morning. It will be what gets you through long days. It will be what helps you plan ahead. It's not going to be easy. But I can promise you it will be worth it.
So start working on your plan. 19 days and counting to make your plan. Heck, start early if you want! But don't do it alone and don't do it unprepared. Find someone that can help you and trust them. Find someone that can hold you accountable and confide in them. And find someone that can push you and let them motivate you.
Over the next 19 days I want to share strategies and tips that have helped me set goals and reach them. I'm not perfect and there are many goals I haven't reached yet. There are many goals I've worked for and failed. If there wasn't, I wouldn't be human. Share your goals for the New Year with me in the comments below or email me. I want to be excited for you and hold you accountable. Let's do this 2017 thing together!