Remember those New Year resolutions you made at the end of last year? How did you go keeping them? As 2018 draws to a close, it is time to stop and evaluate how many of your last new year resolutions, or intentions, were completed. Did you manage to tick them all off? Did you get halfway and realise those intentions were not achievable?
Each New Year’s Eve you make a lot of resolutions and by February you realise there is no chance of achieving them. Why? Mostly because of unrealistic expectations about what you are capable of doing, or want to do. It might also have something to do with the amount of alcohol consumed while making those intentions.
How do you know if you really have achieved your New Year intentions? How can you measure how successful you were?
A good way to discover if your New Year intentions are achievable is to do a quarterly review. If you find one intention is not working for you, don’t blindly keep at it until something happens. You are more likely to end up failing which will result in you being disheartened. Instead, accept it was probably unrealistic and re-evaluate a more achievable one.
For example; your New Year intention may have been to run 100 kilometres each day to get fit. It sounded like a good idea on New Year’s Eve while you sipped a glass of bubbly. However, the next day you realised that you would never be able to achieve it, or really did not want to run 100 kilometres each day.
Your intention may still be to improve your fitness, but this time you decide to break it down into manageable, realistic and achievable steps. You now know that running 100 kilometres is not something particularly enjoyable. So, instead pick an activity you know you will enjoy. You will be more likely to commit and continue your intention if the activity is fun.
Below is an example of how to break down improving a fitness goal into steps so it does not become overwhelming.
- Step one: Decide if you like to participate in group or individual activities. Knowing what motivates you will be key to your success. Timeframe: one week.
- Step two: Investigate recreation activities in your local area, make contact, ask questions and determine whether they meet your fitness goals. Timeframe: two weeks.
- Step three: Decide on a group or activity you want to participate in. Timeframe: one week.
- Step Four: Start the activity and set your own targets. everyone has different goals, fitness levels and capabilities. Know your limits and be okay with knowing when you have reached yours. Remember, you are not in competition with anyone else. Timeframe: One month.
- Step five: Review your progress in a month and decide if the activity is still enjoyable and meets your fitness goals. If yes, continue and reset your goals. If no, go back to step one.
This principle can be applied to almost any intention you decide on this New Year’s Eve and you will have greater success in achieving them.
Remember, you don’t have to keep the same intention all year. They are designed to be reviewed and changed as your progress.
Thank you for continuing on this journey with me through 2018 and I wish you all a safe and happy 2019!
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