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The new year is here, and regardless of whether or not you set resolutions, you have the chance to make 2020 better from 2019. Maybe you’re setting your sights on something small, like saying thank you more. Or maybe it’s a more ambitious goal, like reading 100 books or losing 50 pounds. Either way, there are strategies that can help you attack, pursue and achieve any and all of your objectives. Read on to find out what they are. 

Write Out Your Goals

According to one study, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you simply write them down. That’s because thinking about the things you want to achieve activates the right hemisphere of your brain, the imaginative side, while writing them down activates the left hemisphere of your brain, the literal, logic-based side. If both sides are engaged, you’re much more likely to see the possibility that your goals will become a reality. 

Set Small Benchmarks

A broad, lofty goal might seem promising and achievable in January…until you realize that you don’t even know where to start. To avoid the “I give up” phase that often follows, break your goals down into smaller, more attainable segments. One way to do this is by setting goals for the entire year, then breaking them down into steps for each quarter of the year (P4LF’s goal setting worksheet can help you do that – Click here to print yours). For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds, set a 10-pound weight loss goal for each quarter. Having benchmarks to achieve and surpass will provide extra motivation to continue fighting towards your ultimate aim. 

Go Easy on Yourself

There are situations in which it can be beneficial to be strict and critical of yourself, but working towards bettering yourself is not one of those. In fact, you’re much more likely to eventually achieve your goals if you’re a bit lax with your benchmarks. For example, if your goal was to lose 15 pounds by the end of February and you only lost 12 it would be foolish to consider that a failure. Celebrate any and all gains you make, even if they aren’t exactly what you set out to achieve in the first place. Life happens and things can get in the way, but it’s important not to get derailed by unforeseen hiccups. That said, any step towards your ultimate goal, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction and deserves recognition and congratulations. You can even build some leeway into your goals if you think that might be helpful, such as “lose 10 to 15 pounds” or “read at least two books.” The key is finding the balance between pushing yourself when you need to and letting yourself off the hook. If (and when!) you do, you’ll be well on your way to achieving all your goals and dreams. 

If you’re looking to achieve your fitness goals this year and feel like our goal setting worksheet won’t be enough to truly hold you accountable, don’t forget about Power For Life Fitness’ personal training opportunities that can help take your wellness goals to the next level in 2020. Email info@powerforlifefitness to learn more to get started.