Happy New Years! Another year has just begun. This is the time of year when many resolutions are made, the gyms are full of new members with ambitious health goals, and people have specific goals in mind that they would like to see come true. If this year is like most, then why will much of the new year’s fire die quickly and most people will not see the things come true that they are thinking of today? The answer is easy to identify and hard to implement. It all comes down to a few simple things that most of already know, but don’t put into practice. Here are three things that will help you to keep on track during 2013.
1. Pick Just Solid Goal: Think back to the last time you were at a seminar where a really great speaker gave you so many ideas, that you took notes at a feverish pace. You filled the front and back of the pages with ideas and things you wanted to change. How many of those items really changed and became habit? For most people, the answer is not much. Why? Because it is too overwhelming. You’d be better off to pick one thing and focus specifics on a consistent basis to see it through to completion. The same is true of goals. Pick one that is really on your mind and very important to you.
2. Write It Down And Hold Yourself Accountable: Take time to note specifically what you want to accomplish, why you want to accomplish this and when you plan to have it completed. The why and when are really important. The why is the fuel that the fire will continually need. Keeping your definition of the gold medal in front of you consistently at a conscious level of thinking is important, especially when the work load gets more difficult. The when is critical because it forces you to keep on track. Otherwise you’ll procrastinate over and over. Lastly, share this with a couple of people you know and trust. Make sure that they ask you about your progress toward your finish line.
3. Stay Consistent In Your Activity: Consistency of activity is the yeast in the bread. Even if you only spend 5 minutes on a particular day or two, that is OK. You are much better off to stay consistent so that your habits and paradigm are changed permanently. Keeping your level of thinking about what you’re shooting for at a consistently conscious level is a must. Just like an athlete training for a race, conditioning is everything. Whether your goal is athletic in nature or not, the need for conditioning does not change. People often drop “out of their race” because they don’t have the stamina to continue.