By Art Golovatiuk, on January 25th 2016.
New Year is the time scores of people make resolution. Unfortunately most of them never achieve their goals. Resolutions are important in achieving goals, but they are only part of the story. You need to have a strategic plan along with resolution that draws a roadmap on how you are going to achieve your goals. The first month of the New Year is already over. It’s time you look back and see how you have been doing with your resolution. If you think you are struggling to keep up with the resolution you have made, here is a 7 step strategy that will help you organize better and reach your goals.
Be clear, be specific
Know exactly what you are looking to accomplish. It should be specific and measurable. If your New Year resolution is to lose weight and get in shape, there are thin chances you will achieve it, because it is neither clear nor specific. You will need to quantify what you want to achieve to make your goal measurable. So it makes more sense if you say you want to lose 15 lbs of body fat.
Write it down
In a study it was found that participants who have not written their goals had 4% success rate. But the participants, who had written down their goals, had 44% success rate. Writing a goal hardly takes 15 to 20 minutes of time, but it significantly enhances the success rate.
Have a dead line
If you know exactly how much of weight you have planned to lose, you are an inch closer to your goal, because you are clear and specific about what you want to achieve. However you will also need to bring in more clarity in terms of how long you are going to take to achieve your goals. Be realistic about the timeline. Over ambitious target will disappoint you. Find out how much of weight you can lose safely and reasonably each week, depending upon your lifestyle. Calculate how many weeks it will take for you before you reach your weight loss goals. You can add an additional week to the number to factor out any chances of slippage. The final number is your deadline.
Things you will need to do to achieve your goals
Prepare a list of task like workout and eating habits that you will need to follow to achieve your weekly goals. Before you start working on your plan, take a reading from the scale to know where you stand. Follow through all the items in the list for a week religiously. At the end of the week take a reading again to know how much of weight you have lost. If you are running short of meeting your weekly goals, review your task list and make changes that will help you achieve your goals.
If you follow the above four steps, you will easily prevent many of the common fitness pitfalls that prevent scores people from achieving their goals.