In the blink of an eye the holiday season has come and gone, as it always seems to do. With the New Year comes new goals and new self expectations. Millions of people punch the restart button and make January 1 the day they are going to make a change.
Using one of my own goals I’ve set for the year, I’m going to set you up with 5 steps required to be successful in achieving your 2015 goals.
My 2015 Goal: Read one fitness related article every day for the entire year.
Step 1. Break out the Dictionary! Be very specific about what you want to achieve.
When we workout, our WODs are recorded by time, total reps, or a maximum weight. We use these measurements to gauge progress over time; your goals need to be tracked the same way. A vague goal like “To Get Fit” is not only difficult to define but often seems half-hearted. If you are specific about your goals like “Lose 30lbs” or “String 10 Double Under’s Together” or “Go to 3 CrossFit Classes a Week”, you’ll give yourself specific measurements to track throughout the year.
My measurable component: 1 Article Per Day
Step 2. Anyone Have a Ruler? Set up a plan to track your progress.
Now that you have something to measure… well, measure it! What’s the easiest, most convenient way to track your progress? You can write on a calendar how many days you are hitting the gym, record in a notebook the days you’ve hit a new double under PR, create a spreadsheet, etc. Whichever method you choose, will help keep yourself accountable throughout the year. The second you find yourself missing entries; you know it’s time to re-focus and remind yourself of your ultimate goal.
My plan of action: Set a daily reminder on my phone and list every article I’ve read with the date I read it so I know I am on track.
Step 3. Lights, Camera, ACT!
Don’t you sometimes wish we could just stop right there and call it a day? Look at all the work we’ve done, we defined our goals and we set up our plan of action, isn’t that enough? What comes next is by far the hardest step in achieving your goal. You have to do the work. You have to commit yourself to trying. Get yourself into a daily, weekly or monthly routine and don’t schedule anything else during that time. Make your goal a priority. Make yourself a priority.
Step 4. A Magnifying Glass Isn’t Just for Frying Ants. Examine your progress.
If something isn’t working, go back to step 1 and 2. Is your goal realistic and measurable? Did you set your plan up for failure? Maybe you planned to attend the 12pm CrossFit Class but you know your boss LOVES to schedule meetings at that time. If you’re not seeing progress, it never means you give up, it means you re-evaluate the measurements and plan. Seek help from your coaches, we can brainstorm new and more manageable ways of reaching your goal you may never even thought of!
My failure plan: If I find myself consecutively missing entries, I will change my alarm settings to a time of day I will be able to successfully read an article without distractions.
Step 5. Be a Ray of Freaking Sunshine. Be positive.
Affirmations and visualization are two massively important skills to start learning in order to get the things you want. You have to believe you can do it. You have to see yourself doing it. Negative thoughts are a waste of energy. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals who know what it feels like to succeed and how important it is to stay the path. Know that you are good enough to reach your goal. You are strong enough to do the work. If you ever find yourself off track, your coaches will help guide you back. We will always be that support system when you need it. Always.