I can’t wait for the year when ‘lose weight’ is not on my goal list. And who decided that designating that to the start of a new year was a good idea, anyway? Probably the same person who decided that Monday was a good day to start everything… but back to the topic at hand, I’ve decided that my main goals for 2013 are going to be very broad in scope so that I can work on breaking them down further into monthly and weekly bite-sized goals.
I get email newsletters from
too many various places, but a couple I got today were especially inspiring to me in regards to goal setting and follow through.
The first was from Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness. He was talking about a story where a father knocks down a brick wall, then tells his two sons to rebuild it. It takes a couple of years, but they do eventually reach their goal by rebuilding the wall brick by brick.
The moral of the story is that your resolutions for 2013 won’t happen overnight. The only way your dreams will ever come to fruition is if you do the little things every day.
These little things are usually easy to do, but are also just as easy not to do.
His words remind me that I need to take things one step at a time (and you’ll see how literal this is when you see one of my goals) and to be consistent in my daily actions in order to achieve my long-term goals.
The second newsletter was from Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution. It was a weekly tip from his lead consulting RD Amy Kubal, and was about biting off more than you can chew (I see what you did there) when it comes to goal setting, and especially New Year’s resolutions.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a list of things that you’d like to improve, and the beginning of a New Year is a great time to start – but OVER committing yourself by trying to change everything at once is not a recipe for success.
This hits home for me, because this is exactly what I do every single new year. The excitement of a ‘fresh start’ gets me all giddy for making huge sweeping changes, even though I know it doesn’t work. New body. New financial plan. New career. Spotless house. Hours of exercise. Cooking like a chef. More time with friends and family. Finishing my novel. And I’ll still get 8 hours of sleep.
This year instead of ‘biting off more than you can chew’, really think about your priorities. Make your ‘resolutions list’, but then sit down and consider which of the changes is the MOST important to you, and commit your time and energy into making it a reality.
Consider what’s MOST important to you and make it happen. When you’ve got goal number one under your belt, move to priority two and give it your all. Slowly chip away at your list, reevaluating your priorities as you go.
Ah, the voice of reason. I think this is a place where most of us trip up. When all the things we plan to do fall apart because we tried to do them all at once, we just give up on everything. Did you know that the vast majority of people are not truly good at multi-tasking when it comes to finishing projects? If we want to finish something, we should concentrate on that one thing, then move onto the next. I don’t think this means we can’t overlap little pieces of each thing here and there, it just means we can’t do all the thing, all the time, with all our energy.
I also think it’s a great reminder that our yearly goals are not set in stone (except by our own rigid minds). Our goals can and should be fluid and changeable. If you keep racing down the same path even though it’s not working, you’re probably not going to end up someplace you want to be. Evaluate, adjust, and change course.
So with these helpful goal setting tips in the forefront of my mind, I present to the world:
My Long Term Health & Fitness Goals for 2013
- Lose at least 50 pounds
- Walk/jog/run/dance 2,013 steps in 2013 (that’s 5.52 miles/day)
And there you have it. I’m keeping it simple. The most important thing to me right now, related to health and fitness, is my weight. Yes, I want to run some races. Yes, I want to get to the gym and dance studio more. Yes, I want to increase my plank time. But I’ll work these kinds of things into my smaller manageable monthly/weekly goal-chunks.
Knowing that I will have smaller goals to evaluate throughout the year instead of relying on a long list of “yearly goals” makes me feel great about 2013 already!
Who else is ready for 2013? Feel free to share a goal, or link to a 2013 goal setting blog post in the comments!