2016 is here, what are your new year’s resolutions? I don’t know about you, but I think being more awesome than the year before is a pretty good one 😉At the beginning of every year, I like to jot down a list of things that I want to accomplish for the new year but I have to admit, many of them never materialized. For example, I have always wanted to self study Japanese but it never quite happened.
Over the years, I have become more and more “strategic” with my goal wish list and I am excited to say that I have finally made some heaping progress in checking off my wish list!
I am sure you have read or heard many ways on how to achieve your new year’s resolutions, or any goals for that matter. The problem I was having was I didn’t know where to start. All the advice seemed helpful and encouraging, but the actual execution was difficult and overwhelming. So finally, I decided to take this matter into my own hands and create a simple goal setting “cheat sheet” that would help me get to where I want to be – more awesome than last year of course! This goal setting sheet (3 different colors) is built on these simple principles. It allows you to
- Define a clear goal.
- Understand the purpose and drive behind your goal so you can be motivated and prioritize your goals.
- Break down your goal into manageable tiny steps.
- Have the flexibility to modify your goal and approach along the way.
- Reward yourself for your hard work and perseverance.
Setting a goal like getting fit is too general. You want to set a quantifiable goal like, run a half marathon in September or get your BMI to a specific number.
Breakdown your goals into tiny actions. Let’s say you wanted to run a half marathon, you break it down by filling out these 5 details. What, when, where, how and progress check.
- WHAT are you going to do? Start jogging
- WHEN are you going to do it? Every Tuesday and Friday morning at 8am
- WHERE will it take place? In the park
- HOW will you do it? (be very specific) Walk 10 minutes to warm up and jog 20 minutes and walk 10 minutes to cool down. Each month, increase jogging time by 5 minutes. Then sign up for a half-marathon in March.
- PROGRESS CHECK Every month or week, check if your mini actions are working for you. If it’s too difficult to keep up, reduce it and figure out other ways to make it work. For example, if you can’t jog every Tuesday, instead of skipping it, replace it with a 30 minute walk during your lunch break or join a jogging group on the weekend. There are many ways to achieve the same result, just be flexible and be honest to yourself!
Once you can break down your goals into manageable actions, you have already won half the battle!
Dont’ forget to checkout these recipes to help kick-start a healthy new year:
- Healthy almond hazelnut granola for snacks
- Balanced breakfast toasts to increase your metabolism
- Hearty miso-glazed farro kale salad for lunch
- Quick and delicious crustless spinach quiche for any meal
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