Let me start off by wishing you a very happy and healthy 2019!
So it's a new year. What does that mean for you? Have you taken some time to reflect on 2018? If so, what did you find? Were there things you would have done differently? just things you would have done? or not done at all?
It's a new year so a fresh start. A clean slate. A blank page. And all those other things we have been reading on our social media feeds since December 31st...
What's going to be your 'new' as we enter this new year?
Setting goals for a new year always seems like a great idea at the time, but when we look back on the year (or sometimes even halfway through it), we realise we may have overreached just a tad.
Here are some suggestions for your new year's resolutions - especially if you want to ensure you achieve them:
START SMALL. Make the goal achievable. There's nothing wrong with setting up your goals in increments. Meet one milestone then move to the next. This also avoids too much pressure on one's self.
BE PATIENT. You've only just begun your journey. It will take time to see results, so you need to cut yourself some slack if you're not getting as far as you initially thought you might in a small period of time.
BE CONSISTENT. If you're serious about achieving your goal, you need to work at it. This means putting in some level of effort every. single. day. Consistency is key. Going to the gym every day in January is great, but you have another 11 months' worth of goal kicking to make your year a success!
REVIEW YOUR GOAL REGULARLY. Whether this means a Post-It by your bed or a calendar entry, it's good to review what you're hoping to achieve in order to track your progress. Too many of us forget what we said we would do on New Year's Eve. Write it down and hold yourself to account. And if this means editing the plan sometimes, then go with that, and go easy on yourself if you find you've strayed from the plan. You can get yourself back on track.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION. And I mean legit inspiration, not just a post that ends with #fitinspo. Read a motivational quote every day / week / month. Watch a Ted Talk on a subject that interests you. Surround yourself with people who are equally motivated to achieve a goal. Network. Meet new people who have new things for you to hear. Keeping a positive outlook on life generally will ultimately help you stay positive about your goal and likely make you want to exceed your own expectations.
So go for it!
What's that? What's my goal for 2019? Fair question. I'm focusing on personal development. What makes me tick. What drives me. And to do that I'm going to make time for silent contemplation (a tall order with a toddler in the house!). I will finally use that Head Space app. I'm going to read more books - open my mind and move away from the screen - because I feel like it's a long overdue goal and because I know it will also give me that silence I'm seeking. And finally, I'm going to continue to work on my physical wellbeing. I'm back into my pre-pregnancy jeans - that's a story for another blog post - which means I made good on my 2018 goal. Yay!
Where to start this weekend?
Go for a walk. Write yourself some notes. Make a plan.
P.S. If you're looking for weekend fitness help, my Hunter Valley Total Barre and Mat Pilates programmes start again next Saturday, January 12th. Sign up! You only regret the workouts you don't do!