The end of the year is a time of reflecting on past accomplishments and preparing for new ones. As you ponder New Year’s resolutions and set fitness goals for the next year, make sure you commit to hitting milestones that fit your lifestyle. Here’s how you can create goals you’ll actually achieve in 2020.
Set daily intentions
Setting goals gives you a larger view of what you want to accomplish for the year. Setting daily intentions helps you achieve those goals one step at a time. Take the morning to set intentions for the next 24 hours — this routine not only gives structure to your day, but it can also boost happiness and motivation.
To effectively set fitness goals, try using the SMART goals system. The SMART system dates back to the 1980s and stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Here’s the breakdown:
Specific: Setting specific goals means taking the time to really define your expectations for the new year in regards to your fitness and wellness routines. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to create a plan for achieving your goals and tackling them head-on.
Measurable: You should set fitness goals that you can measure, whether that means increasing your time on the treadmill, monitoring your water intake, or increasing how many times you work out throughout the week. Being able to measure your progress serves as great motivation to keep you going.
Achievable: This one is a reminder to keep it real. Setting goals is a practice in knowing yourself and your abilities. Start small so you can build up your strengths. Seeing yourself hit those smaller benchmarks will keep you inspired to tackle even bigger ones in the future.
Relevant: A relevant goal is one that aligns with your larger objectives and targets. This is easy to apply in the business world, but for personal goals, it can be a bit difficult to interpret. To make sure you’re creating SMART goals, figure out if they’re relevant to you and your way of lifeHere’s how you can create goals you’ll actually achieve in 2020. if this is the right time to work toward those goals, and if they align with your greater life goals, fitness-related or not. If it doesn’t seem relevant, make some adjustments.
Time-bound: When you set time constraints, you’re giving yourself the motivation to achieve your goals in a timely manner. This sets you up to better track your progress and reflect on your improvements as you strive toward success. Just make sure you set achievabletime constraints that fit into your schedule.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Before you dive into setting any New Year’s resolutions, remember who you’re setting goals for. In 2020, you should track your progress and no one else’s. It’s easy to witness other people’s improvements and breakthroughs and feel discouraged, especially in the age of social media. Remember that slow progress is still progress, so go at your own pace.
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