5 ways to achieve your goals this new year
Updated: Jan 17
The new year is on the horizon and with it, a multitude of resolutions will be set and started with all the enthusiasm of a children's tv presenter.
But... How long will it last?
When things don't quite turn out as you'd planned; maybe you miss a few gym sessions, or a night out derails the next week, who do you point the finger at?
Usually blame is attached to everything but ourselves.
How often do you find yourself saying...
"I've had a busy, stressful day today so I'll leave gym tonight and go later in the week"
Of course, we've all been there and we all know that it's a pattern that quickly escalates
"One takeaway won't hurt"
Four times a week
So... what can we do about it?
Keep it simple
Each of us is guilty of over-complicating life.
I guarantee that if there's a harder, more complicated and less efficient way of doing something, I will find it and I will do it until I learn otherwise.
Information overload is very real and in today's Instagram age, very dangerous.
It's easy to find the latest 'special' fad and follow it down a vast rabbit hole in search of fast progress.
Find a reputable source of information.
If your goal is to lose weight, find a local personal trainer with a reputation for helping his clients achieve their goals.
You should expect them to explain and teach you the most efficient way to reach your goal.
Stick to a plan
Like anything, a goal can be broken down into a new set of skills that you need to learn and practice consistently.
It's not enough to set a goal and not have a process to follow to get there. Ultimately, it's the process and new skills that make the difference.
In terms of fat loss, your goal may be to reach a certain dress size. Your plan may include creating a daily calorie deficit, doing a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and following a strength training programme.
Each of these activities will require you to learn a new skill and incorporate it into your plan.
For example, creating a calorie deficit will first require you to understand energy balance.