It’s 12:05 am on December 31st, 2012 and as I sit here and reflect on what 2012 has meant to me, I start to wonder what 2013 is going to bring.
If you have followed my journey for any length of time, you’ll know that i’m a goal setter. Goals are what motivate me to keep going in my life. They could be personal goals, fitness goals or business goals, and regardless of the type, I’ve always got a list of both big and small goals that I’m striving to reach.
This time of year people start setting resolutions for the New Year; Quit smoking, go to the gym, drink less beer… Basically whatever they feel guilty about doing over the previous 12 months, ha ha ha. Personally, I don’t set New Years resolutions, I just stick to my current goal list. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with New Years resolutions, in fact, I think they’re great, if you stick to them. But again, for me, it’s all about the goal, all year long.
The biggest reason people aren’t successful with their goals or resolutions is that they’re too broad with them. If your goal or resolution is “To Get healthy”, how do you plan on getting healthy? And what is your definition of healthy? Do you want to lose 10 lbs? Lift 100 lbs? Do a squat? Give up pizza? Give up dairy? Try eating the Paleo Lifestyle? What do are you going to do to be healthy? You need to be specific and have a specific goal and timeframe. “I want to do 1 pull-up by March 1st, 2013” or “I want to own my own gym by 2013”. Those are specific goals.
Pick something that is attainable and once you reach it, pick a new goal. If you want to have a broad goal of “I want to be healthier in 2013” that’s great, now set up some small attainable goals that will get you there.
My first goal for 2013? Well my fitness and personal goal is that I want to compete in the CrossFit Games Worldwide Open. It’s a pretty simple one but it’s just a small part and a small step for my goal for 2014 which is to qualify for Regionals in the CrossFit Games. I know there will be a lot of small goals that I need to set to get there next year, and the Open is my first step. My business goal is to grow Just Fitness beyond 150 members. The details as to how I’m doing that go into business and marketing plans so I won’t go into detail, but trust me, they’re all there.
So, do you have resolutions or goals for 2013? What are they? How do you plan to reach them? And did you reach your goals from 2012?
I hope you all have a Happy New Year and here’s to a healthy 2013 and beyond!