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With only days into the New Year, everyone’s fitness resolutions are (hopefully) in full effect. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these commitments will not last more than a few weeks.

So, how do you beat the odds and ensure that your 2015 fitness goals become a reality? Here are a few strategies that will ensure your success.

ONE: Be SMART about it

I would say that the first group of people to drop off from their resolutions are the ones who are too general with their goals. There’s nothing wrong with saying that you want to “lose weight” or “get fit”, but if that is all the consideration that you have put into your goals, you are dooming yourself to fail. After all, simply “getting fit” is very difficult to measure since it is a relative term. An ideal goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound (or S.M.A.R.T.) For example, a better goal than “to lose weight” would be “to lose 50 pounds by July 1st”. Why is this different? Having a specific number allows you to check your progress periodically and determine exactly how far you are from your goal; it takes an abstract idea and gives it substance and clarity. Also, having a deadline gives you a sense of urgency and awareness, it is similar to your boss giving you a project for work, you are much more likely to stay focused and dedicated when you know exactly when its due.

TWO: Visualize your goals

This one might sound simple, but it is incredibly powerful.  Rather than focusing entirely on where you are now, set your sights on what you wish to become. If your goal for the New Year is to bench press 300lbs by next December, then imagine literally being able to left that weight. See yourself grinding each repetition and accomplishing the task. Professional athletes use visualization often, because being able to mentally see yourself with the desired results gives you extra focus and confidence. So, dedicate a few minutes each day to visualizing yourself where you want to be.

 

THREE: Take it one step at a time

Wait, didn’t you just say to focus on the end result? I sure did. Visualization and the ‘big picture’ are important but, just as necessary are the steps it takes to get there. Set for yourself small goals that will lead to your ultimate success.  Going back to our first SMART goal, if you are wanting to lose 50lbs by July, a good ‘first step’ would be to lose 10lbs by early February. For those of you who may get overwhelmed by the big picture, having these smaller steps will give you continued motivation and ultimately reduce the intimidation of a long journey that may be before you.

 

I have one last thought, and that is to celebrate your successes; maybe you increased your squat by 10lbs, or noticed you are sleeping better. Take satisfaction in that! Small steps lead to big leaps, and no positive change is too small.

In conclusion, be smart with your goals, visualize the end result, and divide your large goals into small manageable steps. These are your weapons that will help you succeed where others will fail. As long as you stay positive and don’t give up, you will reach the end of 2015 and be proud of your accomplishments.

 

About the author:

Charles Burroughs is a member of the 360 Fitness personal training team in Tyler, TX. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Kinesiology from the University of Texas, he is certified by the renowned National Academy of Sports Medicine. Charles has a passion for helping others achieve optimal health and wellness and he hopes to better the lives of his clients through education and motivation. Read more about Charles and his journey into fitness here. 

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