Tips For Hitting Your Goals In 2020
Did you know a recent study showed that most people abandon their resolutions by January 19th?
This usually happens because we come up with these big, lofty, vague resolutions like “I’m going to get SHREDDED” or “I’m going to lose weight!” Then we overcommit, going for the big overhaul instead of focusing on the small habit changes we need to make to get there. We struggle to meet these goals and get defeated by the process, which results in waving the fit life white flag. Maybe next year?
This doesn’t happen because of willpower. It’s more a matter of “skillpower.” When we have a big goal such as losing weight, we should break it down into small, tangible goals to tackle each week so the process is less overwhelming. Sure, it’s slower, but it’s more sustainable and will have longer lasting results. Don’t we want to start 2121 with a different resolution than the one we make this year?
A great way to tackle our resolution is using the SMART method: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Let’s say your goal is to “eat healthier.” Super vague and no tangible way to measure whether or not you achieve it. How can we make this a SMART goal?
- Specific: “I will incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.”
- Measurable: “I will eat 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.”
- Achievable: Don’t say you’ll eat broccoli each day if you hate broccoli. Start with fruits/vegetables you like, such as “I will eat 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day that include apples, spinach, berries,” and you get the drift.
- Relevant: Do you already eat fruits and vegetables? Then choose a goal that actually inspires change, such as increasing water or protein intake.
- Timebound: “For the next week, I will eat 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day that include apples, spinach, and berries.”
The next week, make a different SMART goal. Each week, when you tackle your goals, you will feel empowered to take on the next one and stay focused towards your bigger goal.
Additionally, when choosing your goals, think in abundance versus restriction. Often, people jump to “I’m cutting out ALL carbs and going keto” or “I have to stop watching TV and go to the gym.” The restrictive mindset already sets us up for failure because we’re resentful at the idea of having to give up the things we love. When it comes to making dietary adjustments, add in first. Increase lean protein, fruits & veggies, and water, and that will have a domino effect on hunger and cravings later on. When it comes to the gym, start with classes or activities you absolutely love and work from there.
Next thing you know, it’ll be well past January 19th and you’ll be crushing it week by week, motivated by your progress and actually seeing the results. And who knows, maybe in 2021, your resolutions will have nothing to do with health & fitness because 2020 was YOUR year.