It’s a new year, and a new opportunity to start again on some of those items you left unfinished in the previous year. Achieving a healthy weight, for example, or quitting tobacco use. If you’re hoping to be more successful in 2020, start by setting goals. Achieving short-term goals can lead to success with long-term goals, but you have to start somewhere.
Here are some tips
1. Make your goals very specific.
Saying “I want to run three miles three times this week” is better than saying “I’m going to run more this week.” If you are trying to reach 10 miles, set specific incremental goals that will help get you there.
2. Set goals you can reach.
Consider your age and current health when setting goals. Achieving realistic goals that are challenging and effective is far more rewarding than struggling to get there.
3. Focus on one goal at a time.
This is the best way to help you avoid becoming overwhelmed and feel like giving up. Don’t join three or four fitness classes at once. Pick one and stick with it.
4. Write down your goals.
It may sound silly, but this is an excellent way not to forget what you are trying to achieve. Writing down your short- and long-term goals will provide a personal action plan that you can use to track your progress.
5. Share your goals with others.
There is strength in numbers. The more people who know about your program, the more cheerleaders and well-wishers you will have to support and encourage you. And the more accountable you will be – to yourself and to others.