• Ben Yates

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.

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