According to the University of Scranton only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolutions. This may seem like a pretty low success rate but setting goals is crucial to success. That same study found that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. So how do those 8% of goal setters reach their goals? They do it by FOCUSING on their goals.
From my own personal experience, here’s how you can stay focused on long term fitness goals:
- Set realistic goals: Dreaming big and having big ambitions is fantastic! How else are great things achieved? When setting goals it is important to set realistic goals for yourself so you don’t get frustrated or feel intimidated. Write down your specific goal and then write out as many steps you can think ot that will help make your goal happen.
- Identify and Track the Milestones: Identify what exactly you want to achieve, and identify milestones towards that goal. Perhaps you want to lose those last 10 post-pregnancy pounds? You could record your weight loss progress on a weekly or monthly basis. It is important to recognize what you’ve already accomplished and to celebrate the milestones along the way. By doing this, it helps to keep you motivated during the down or more difficult times.
- Keep a Journal: I find that by writing down the tasks at-hand really helps me focus. It allows me to check off things I’ve finished and allows me to see firsthand what I’ve accomplished. It really helps me to reflect on the journey and build up the confidence that I can achieve my goals. My blog is my journal, and every Monday I share with you my progress and my plan through the #MotivateMe link-up.
- Immerse yourself with things that inspire you: Staying inspired is not something that comes easily. Inspiration is a skill and needs to be honed just like any other skill. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. I read blogs by other triathletes, and have my work desk decorated with my current training plan, medals from past races, and pictures of motivational quotes.
- Do not accept defeat: The road to achieving your goals can become tiresome, frustrating, and you might find yourself wanting to quit. If you have a great goal in mind, don’t allow negative talk – whether it is from yourself or others – to stand in your way. Hold on to your dreams and keep moving forward!
What goals have you set for this year?
How will you stay focused on your goals?