It can be extremely difficult to make a huge lifestyle change. You have to put in hard work and discipline to break years of bad habits that have been established throughout your life. When I first started getting seriously into health and fitness one of the ways I found it easy to stay on track and measure how well I was doing, was to set myself some clear goals. In fact I still set myself goals on a regular basis so I can continue to grow as a person and achieve what I want in life. Having a goal keeps the end prize in sight and you can track your progress on a regular basis. Seeing as the New Year is coming up and everyone will be making their resolutions I thought I could share with you how I set goals for myself to achieve what I want in life.
1. Be realistic
I'm a big believer in having aspirations & aiming high as long as your goals are realistic and achievable. There's no point trying to achieve something that is simply unrealistic. For example; I know I am not tall enough to be a catwalk model so I don't bother wasting my time trying to be one. I know I'm not academic enough to be a doctor so I don't bother trying to be one. If your goals are unrealistic then you will just feel overwhelmed and give up when it all becomes too much. Have big goals but be realistic too about what you can and simply cannot achieve.
2. Know your potential
It’s so important to know your potential and what you are capable of. Too many girls look at something they want in life and just simple think “oh I will never be able to do that”. But hear me on this, we all have the potential to achieve great things. Choose something that you enjoy and you know is achievable for you. Then go and do what needs to be done to achieve it. If that means changing our hair, losing weight, studying, moving away, whatever it takes you need to be willing to do it if it's what you really want. Most importantly though remember to believe in yourself.
3. Find support
It’s so important to surround yourself with a positive group of people who are supportive and caring. Don’t be afraid to tell those closest to you what your goals are and why you want to achieve them. No one has ever achieved greatness by doing it alone, so you shouldn’t have to either. My friends and family have played such a massive role in my journey, so remember it’s okay to ask for help and support. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a team of great people behind you.
4. Find an expert
If you have a particular goal and you know someone who has achieved what you want then go and ask them how they did it. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel when you can find someone who has already got a proven method for reaching your goal. If you don’t know someone personally who has done it, then look online. There are so many great role models not only in health and fitness but also in business, relationships and life. Its great to get support from these people as they will know and understand the struggles that you will be going through.
5. Dream big but plan small
As I said before it’s so awesome to have big goals and dreams but if they are far out of reach then it can be easy to give up when it becomes too hard. So if you do have big goals then break them down into smaller more achievable ones. If you want to run a marathon but have only just started running, then your first goal might be to just reach 10km without stopping as opposed to just aiming for the full 42km. When you your goals are broken down to smaller ones then you can celebrate your successes along the way, which will keep you motivated towards the bigger goal.
6. Track your progress and have a backup
Regularly track your progress against your goals and reassess if things aren’t going to plan. If you aren’t tracking well then think about what can you change to help you reach where you need to go. Focus on your dreams but also have a backup plan, just in case. Being prepared and having this backup is so important so you aren’t caught off guard. Also remember just because you might not achieve your goal right now doesn’t mean you won’t down the track. Just keep trying and keep moving forward.
So when you are planning your resolutions for 2015 remember know your potential, dream big, believe in yourself, do what needs to be done to give you the best chance of success, be adaptable, resilient and keep reaching for those goals. Let’s all make 2015 a great year together and achieve some greatness.