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Not Just another New Year’s Resolution

Mar 16, 2013 04:44PM

Laticia Jackson

Not Just another New Year’s Resolution

Written By: Fitness Expert/ I.F.B.B. Fitness Professional

Laticia “Action”Jackson


Define Your Goals

First resolutions are often short lived expected lifestyle changes that require effort on a yearly day-to-day basis.  For some reason, the New Year brings on pressure for overnight changes, when the reality should be every day is a chance to set goals and not resolutions. Just think about it, why do you have to wait until the New Year to lose weight or eat healthy? Why not start today.  So how do we avoid the trap of setting New Year’s Resolutions and instead set goals throughout the year? Below you will find steps to help you reach your fitness goals and you can also use these steps to reach any other goal (s) you want to accomplish.  Keep in mind accomplishing any goal will make you feel oh so great about yourself year around.

Making the broad statement that you want to become fit is not concrete or objective. Being fit needs narrowing down to a more specific or objective goal. Do you want to lose weight, gain lean muscle or improve your cardiovascular conditioning? Whatever your goal, it needs to be defined. Once your goal is defined, you can begin taking the necessary steps required to reach your desired outcome.

Measure Your Success

Goals need to be measurable. How will you determine if you are making progress if you don‘t know where you started? One way to determine the success of any fitness-training program is to establish a baseline of measurements. These measurements could be your body fat percentage, amount of push-ups you can perform or how quickly you can run a specific distance. Every four to six weeks you can reassess this data to determine the progress you are making.

Time Is Of the Essence

Another important aspect of goal setting is time. Setting short and long- term goals provides a certain period of time to reach your destination. If you are a procrastinator, setting short-term goals is very important. Deciding not to establish a time frame to accomplish your goal(s) threatens your chance of reaching your desired outcome.

Setting short-term and long-term goals allow you to take gradual steps forward. Short-term goals are goals you want to accomplish within the next 3-6 months, whereas long-term goals can accomplished within 6 months and beyond.

No Time for Failure

Finally, goals need to be challenging, yet realistic. Setting unrealistic goals perpetuates the feeling of discouragement and failure. Not attaining a goal may not be a failure, rather a result of setting goals that were not realistically attainable. Challenge yourself, but be realistic with your expectations.

Goal Setting Guidelines

•          Goals should be measurable.

•          Goals should be challenging yet attainable.

•          Set short term and long term goals.

•          Goals should be detailed and objective.

Goal setting benefits

•          Greater achievement

•          Balanced life

•          Increased motivation

•          Improved self-confidence

•          Better decision making

•          Better focus

•          Improved time management

•          Over all self-improvement

•          AND SUCCESS!

Remember the everyday decisions that you make will determine whether or not you reach your goals. Don’t create a mental environment with the belief that you have to wait until the New Year to make necessary changes. Today is all you have, therefore seize the moment and start making changes now.


Written By: Fitness Expert/ I.F.B.B. Fitness Professional

Laticia “Action”Jackson


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