In a sense you may think setting new goals at this time of the year is kind of pointless (especially in the weight loss department) the year is coming to an end, holiday season – all the food you are going to eat, time to chill and relax. Well let me tell you this, you should not wait till the start of a new year to make new goals, the best time to start is now!
I will give you two outcomes to the following issue: Right now your clothes are feeling pretty snug and you need to lose a few kilos you either:
Outcome 1: It’s the holiday season, staying on track is going to be hard with all the parties and drinks that I will be attending over the christmas period so instead I will start after Christmas actually in the new year = a couple more kilos gained.
Outcome 2: Yes it is the holiday season and more reason to stay on track and be accountable. By exercising 3-5 times a week, eating clean and tracking my food intake throughout the week I will be able to enjoy myself when I attend the various christmas parties on the weekends because I have stayed on track during the week. This doesn’t give them an excuse to binge for the day though but they can enjoy a glass of wine and a not healthy meal without the guilt. So they have been able to stay on top of their weight issue over the christmas period – they may or may not have lost weight but they definitely haven’t gained weight and been able to enjoy themselves still which is really important during this time of the year.
Setting goals not only gives you long term vision but also short term motivation allowing you to channel your focus on what needs to be done, how you have to organised your time and resources in order for you to succeed and make the most out of your life.
By setting sharp, clearly defined goals that you are able to measure, you will be able to see constant forward progress as you take action in what may have seem like an out of reach situation/experience before. This process is also going to raise your self confidence as you recognize your abilities and competence in achieving the goals that you have set.
Creating SMART goals:
S – Specific: What do you want to accomplish? The more descriptive you can be the better!
M – Measurable: How will you know when you have reached your goal?
A – Attainable: What steps you can take in order to reach your goal?
R – Relevant: How will reaching this goal help you? Why is this goal important to you?
T – Time: How long will it take for you to reach your goal?
It’s time to start setting some smart goals!