A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Before the ball drops on December 31st, many of us make new years resolutions. We have goals in mind and we can see ourselves accomplishing those goals. The end is in sight before we even begin the journey. However, there is usually one thing missing. A definite deadline. We always say “this year my resolution is to _______”. We are overjoyed, even elated at the fact that we’ve come up with some fantastic goal that will change our lives forever! There is only one problem with our new found journey. “THIS YEAR…” We don’t set a real date for reaching this goal. We keep it open, and vague to give ourselves some wiggle room. Unfortunately, after the zeal of the first week of the new year, that wiggle room becomes dancing room. Soon that room is as big as an olympic swimming pool and we’re floating in the middle of it.
Can you imagine the new-and-improved body of your dreams?
It’s not just one thing to see and declare a resolution. You have to plan it out and make sure you stick to that plan. So if your goal is to have a new and improved body, then choose what you want to improve about it and set a due date. Want to shed 5 pounds? Give yourself a reasonable deadline. 5 pounds in 5 months! I can hear you now. You’re saying that’s too easy. That lets you off the hook, but does it? Most of us have busy lives that have big priorities that has allowed us to push our own health to the bottom of our priorities list. You might start off with “I want to drop 20 pounds in 1 month” but your schedule is telling you you can do maybe 4 pounds in a month. Make sure that the goals you set are reasonable with a reasonable deadline. Aside from knowing your schedule you have to know your body too, because it doesn’t help to set a deadline you know you couldn’t realistically reach. Maybe 5 pounds in 5 months is a little too loose of a deadline but really it comes down to what is best for you.
Now is the time to attach a deadline to that dream so that it becomes reality
Don’t procrastinate on setting your deadline though. Sure your schedule says you can’t hit the gym 3 hours a day every day because of all the things you have to do but at the same time, don’t allow those other activities and priorities belittle your health goals. I know you’re reading this at lunch but make your first deadline for tonight when you get home. Your objective is to think about your body and how it reacts to being active for the first time in however long its been since you were active, think about what you may need to eliminate from your schedule to allow time for a good old fashioned work out, and set a realistic deadline for yourself. If it is to try a new and healthy meal, then plan out what you’ll need and when you can get what you need. If it is even just a 20 minute walk at some point in the day, make the deadline of when you’ll start and when you’ll make it a consistent start.
Good luck fitness friends!
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