The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
A resolving to do something.
A course of action determined or decided on.
This is not something you need to boycott. No one is above making New Year’s Resolutions. Making resolutions, A.K.A goal setting; is an important part of growth, excitement, and development. If we didn’t make resolutions or set intentions, how would we meet goals, stay excited, and learn? Whatever your reason, I say resolutions rock! What are you waiting for? Let’s do this!
1. Prepare: Grab a journal so you can share your goals, thoughts and personal plans with yourself. Thinking of a goal is one thing, but writing it down, and seeing it on paper is the first step of preparing and success. This journal will resemble your future self – so keep it positive. Keeping to-do lists, positive affirmations, or pictures of places you want to travel are great things to add to your journal above and beyond your defined goal. You could call this journal “Insert your name Book of Awesome”.
2. Action: Now that you have your “Book of Awesome”, it’s time to decide what your goals are for 2014. Identify what you want, and your actions/steps on how to ensure your success. Following a process like the S.M.A.R.T model (specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic and timed) will help get you started. For example, if one of your goals is to lose weight before your March Break vacation, this could be how your S.M.A.R.T would look:
- Specific – I want to lose 3 inches off my waist by March Break 2014.
- Measurable – I will take my before and after measurements to measure my progress and success.
- Action-Oriented – The steps I will take to ensure this happens will be: 1. Workout 4 times per week for a total of 30 minutes each time. 2. Drink 2 litres of water everyday 3. Eat clean, but balanced meals and focus on the 80:20 rule. Meaning, I am not restricting my calories, or keeping myself from enjoying life.
- Realistic – I feel that this goal is realistic because when I fit into my favourite bathing suit only 2 years ago my waist was 3 inches smaller. I am not being unrealistic, because I know that when I fit into the bathing suit before, I was healthy and taking care of myself.
- Timed – It is January 10th 2014, and I have 8 weeks to do this. My end date will be March 7th 2014, so until then, I will watch my progress every 2 weeks by taking my measurements. This will help to keep me accountable, and aware of the time line I have set for myself to attain this goal.
3. Maintenance: Did you know that 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions but only 8% keep them? Don’t underestimate the importance of your attitude, your confidence, and your capacity for positive change. Develop a maintenance program for yourself, and decide on how you’re going to dominate this goal so you can move on to a different goal next year. Stay positive ladies, you can do this!
Feel free to share your goals and future plans with your family, friends or even the Royally FitFam – we’re always here to help!
Showing you the difference between liking and loving your body,
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