First, set an ambitious goal. Something that you are willing to tell people about and might sound a little crazy.
For example, “this year I am going to lose 10% body fat!”
Next, plan for the obstacles that will undoubtedly make an appearance and try to trip you up. Even if we get pumped up for a truly inspiring goal we often fail to follow through because of poor planning. If I want to lose 10% body fat, I will need to train hard and eat better. To accomplish either of those tasks I need to better manage my time and ensure that I make them a priority. Do I plan to train in the morning before work? Well I might want to check if the gym I am planning on joining has a shower I can use. This will allow me to train, shower and then head into work feeling full of energy! It will have the least amount of impact on my schedule and give me the afternoons to spend with my family.
Want to start eating real foods? I need a strategy. Yes, you need a strategy to go grocery shopping!
Regardless of what your goal is, proper planning will go a long way to helping you achieve it. The main reason we so often fail at old resolutions, has poor planning at its root. There may be some other reasons though. We need to take into account any and all reasons for past failures so that we can properly plan to avoid those same pitfalls going forward.
Do this resolution checkup exercise with me!
No Retreat, No Surrender