New Year’s resolutions? 99% of them are NEVER accomplished; find out how to stick to, and blow by, YOUR goals for the New Year…
Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s that time of year again: everybody’s going to start losing weight, “working out”, stop this or that bad habit… whatever…
Guess what, something like 80% of New Year’s resolutions are given up on IN THE FIRST MONTH!
Here are few “Tough Love” training tips to make sure YOUR goals and resolutions are absolutely ANNIHILATED, SHATTERED and DESTROYED by December 31st. (Yowza–violent!)
1: “Resolutions” are hazy and undefined. Conquer this by setting concrete, definable GOALS with DEADLINES.
BAD EXAMPLE: “I want to lose weight this year.”
GOOD EXAMPLE: “I will pause bench 345+ on or by March 31st.”
The bad example has no timeline and no definable goal. Does 1 pound count as “losing weight”? How do you know if you’ve succeeded or failed? Do yourself a favor and select a goal (one of mine for this year is the “good” example) and set a no-nonsense, set-in-stone goal for yourself.
Having something concrete to shoot for, as well as a deadline in which to reach it, will give you a sense of urgency, purpose, and an exponentially greater chance of success.
2: Incentives: set a positive or negative repercussion based on whether you succeed or fail to reach your goals.
What kind of person are you? Do you respond better/more aggressively to the promise of rewards, or the threat of punishment?
Are you more likely to get something done if you’ve been promised a reward if you do it, or do you not get going until your threatened with being punished? Figure this out and set up your most important resolutions with some form of reward or punishment. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, but do something that makes sense for you.
Not that I’d advocate gambling 🙂 but placing a bet with friends or family members can be a good way to keep you working: “I’m putting on 10 pounds of muscle by June 1st or I pay each of you 10 bucks, if I make it, you’re all paying me 10 bucks,” BOOM! Then you’re setting yourself up with the motivation of both punishment AND reward… you can thank me when your friends are paying up later 🙂
Be creative with incentives and punishment, do something that motivates YOU! (Tell your friends on facebook you’re posting a swimsuit picture in June whether you’ve lost weight or not, and tell them to hold you to it… The thought of public humiliation can be a GREAT motivator.
Want to run faster in 2012? Sign up for the track team (or sign up unattached for a meet at a local college). Want to get stronger? Sign up for a powerlifting meet or strongman competition. Not an athlete but need a motivator to get in shape? Sign up for a 5 or 10K, once you send in that registration fee, you’re all in!
Not only will competing have you TRAINING for something instead of just “working out”, but, again, and maybe it’s a personal pride thing for me, if I know I’m going to be competing (I’ll be competing in a powerlifting meet this year to help push me towards my strength goals), I work my tail off to make sure I’m kicking ass and taking names come competition day. I REFUSE to be embarrassed in competition, and will work my butt off to avoid it.
On top of the motivational standpoint, competing in anything is a great experience in general, meet other athletes, be inspired by great performances, learn a few things, and just COMPETE!
Those 3 simple tips should get you well on your way to your best year ever, and, as always, if you’d like top-of-the-line personal training and coaching in reaching your athletic and aesthetic goals, get yourself over to DSC like, yesterday, and get one step closer to getting your superhero membership card 😉
Here’s to a great year,