One KILLER Strategy for Achieving Your Fitness Goals in 2016 (plus five more)
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, New Year’s resolutions have the potential to change your life. If you struggle to believe that, it’s probably because of a history of failed resolutions. I’m a firm believer that you can do whatever you put your mind to, including achieving all of your fitness goals.
But the magic question is always “how?” isn’t it?
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to achieve your (fitness) goals and I’m sure you’ve tried many of them. You may even have read and tried many on the list I’m about to share. Now this list isn’t by any means the “definitive” list of how to achieve your goals, just what I’ve found works best for me and my clients.
However, there is definitely one sure-fire strategy that I have found works every single time I’ve used it and it will work for you too, as long as you stick with it. So I’m going to start with that one.
This one strategy will even allow you to not worry about the “how” right away because with this one strategy, the “how” will come to you.
This one strategy to achieving all of your fitness goals and your new year’s resolutions for 2016 is visualization.
I have found that beginning with visualization of my goal has always ended in success. Setting goals and achieving them is possible if you can create a picture in your mind of what you want to achieve and imagine that you’ve already achieved it. Once you do that the rest is almost easy because you have a clear vision of what you want and all that remains is the work and the time you need to put into it to make it a reality.
So how do you visualize?
First, make sure you have a very specific goal. “I want to lose weight” is not a specific goal. “I want to lose 25 pounds by April 1st” is.
Second, decide on your method of visualization. I’ve used two: a vision board and what I call “meditative visualization”.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific goal. It is literally a board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. So for any type of fitness goal, you might go through fitness magazines and cut out what you want to look like (i.e. six-pack abs, toned legs, etc.) and attach them to a cork board or large piece of construction paper. Then make sure you place the board somewhere you’ll see it several times a day.
Here’s a good article explaining vision boards in more detail. Again, focus on ONE thing for your board. I’ve seen too many boards with too many goals or thoughts and it just doesn’t work. Pick one thing and make it clear and concise.
The other visualization method I’ve used to great success is meditative visualization. This is the method I use 99% of the time I have a goal I want to achieve. Simply put, I sit down for just five minutes every day, close my eyes and visualize myself already having achieved my goal. I imagine that I’m already successful, goal achieved, living my life as if I’m already there and how good it feels to have been successful. If you feel like you just can’t sit still for five minutes, start with three, three minutes goes by very quickly. Just set a timer on your phone, relax and begin to imagine. That’s it.
You see, people fail to achieve their goals because they can’t really see themselves successfully achieving their goal, so they don’t believe they can and give up as soon as they hit some adversity. Successful people simply do not give up because in their minds, they’ve already won, it just isn’t reality yet.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
So step one is to visualize. Here are five more strategies you can use to achieve your goals for 2016, fitness or otherwise:
Talk about It
After a few years of failed resolutions, you may want to keep your plans a secret. Bad idea. If your family and friends don’t know what your goals are, you won’t have their support in your journey. They may scoff or even doubt you when they find out you have big plans for the coming year, but don’t let them get you down. Most likely, they’re jealous. So whether you want to be more committed to your gym routine, eat better, or be more patient with your kids, don’t keep your resolution for a new you to yourself!
If you want to be part of a group that is going to hold you accountable to reach your fitness goals, you might want to try this.
Start with Pre-Tests
Next Monday may be when you’ve decided to really begin committing to your new self, but don’t wait that long. Start today with some pre-tests. Once a day, find a way to implement your new lifestyle into your routine. That may mean skipping dessert one night. Or maybe it’s letting your spouse have the remote control. Then again, it could be chewing on a carrot instead of going for a cigarette break when stressed. Whatever it is, scoring these small victories lets you know that you can indeed become the new person in the New Year that you desire.
There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are the punch line for countless jokes. There are people, however, who beat the odds and stick with their resolutions. This time around, you’re going to be one of them. Not because you’re better than other people who can’t keep from overeating. And not because you’re smarter than people who don’t read a book every month (like you’re planning to do this year). The reason you’re going to succeed is because you want it, and nothing is going to stop you. When you expect success and realize it is possible—which it is—you’re prepared to do what it takes to find that success. Now go for it!
Go for the Right Goals
Before you set a resolution for a new you in the New Year, take stock of your life to determine what would give you the best bang for your resolution buck. Already spending more time than you’d like away from the family? Maybe you should resolve to work your way into a position at work that requires less travel. Thinking you need to lose more weight when all your friends think you’re exceptionally thin? Maybe you should work on adding muscle to your frame instead. Only when you have the right goals can your new you be the best you.
Have Some Fun
Sometimes, creating a new you can be tiring. After all, you’ve spent a lifetime creating the old you, and your old self will not leave without a fight. When your lifestyle changes feel like too much and you’re drooling for ice cream, jonesing for a smoke, or itching to ignore your family and stare at your phone, turn your focus to something fun. Grab a funny movie, go on a hike, hang out with friends—just do something you enjoy! When you’re done, your head will be cleared and you’ll again be ready to shed the old you in favor of the new you in the New Year!
If you need help to recover from your holiday indulgences and need support to help keep you motivated and going strong in the future, you should strongly consider my “New Year, New You Challenge Fit Club” for 2016. With some visualization and the right blue print to get you there, you can make 2016 the year you achieve your best body ever.
If you haven’t joined yet, now is the perfect time to start. Together we will get you focused on your goals with my results-driven program.
Remember, the next few weeks are going to pass whether you jump on board with a fitness plan or not.
Helping you shed the fat, even on your busy schedule,
Coach George, Body Transformation Coach
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer & Precision Nutrition Certified Nutritionist