Your 2017 New Year Blueprint
In this blog, we’re going to show you why you need to be realistic in the pursuit of your goals and why patience needs to be your virtue.
More often than not if people fail to achieve their goals or vision, it’s because they have been unrealistic with what it is that they have set for themselves. It goes way beyond the timeline they have in mind, and they lose interest. They are overwhelmed by it.
You need to use common sense, first, and foremost.The goals we set ourselves are personal to us, and won’t always be the same as everyone else. They vary from losing weight, to increasing our energy levels throughout the day.
Firstly, we have to write them down. Something we’ve discussed before. You need to have a realistic timeline of achieving your aims. They need to be personal to you, and they need to be relevant to your current level of fitness, or general well-being. You need to know what you want to achieve and put a date on it. Don’t expect to lose a stone in two weeks. Don’t expect to run a marathon within the next two months, if you can’t run a mile without nearly passing out.
Set your ‘vision’ for your long term goal. We prefer to use the term ‘vision’, as it’s more powerful than a goal when it comes to the ideal finishing point that you want to achieve, look like, or feel like. Your goals are stepping stones to your vision. They are short term i.e. to lose two to three pounds a week for the next four weeks. Your long term goal is many, many steps away, but each goal you hit is one step closer.
Many of us know the benefits of strength training versus cardio training, for instance, but you may not like this type of training. You need to find something that you like doing. This way you’re more likely to stick to it. You need to be inspired by what you do, but this is something we’ll discuss in more detail in future blogs.
Setting realistic targets, and hitting them will give you personal satisfaction. Celebrate this success, but don’t beat yourself up if it slides by a few days. Once you hit them, celebrate them, and don’t look back.
When it comes to nutrition, be just as realistic. If you drink six cups of coffee, and suddenly cut out all of it, you’re likely to one day fail and fail big. If you cut out all chocolate, one day you will binge. Instead, set a realistic target of cutting it down by a third, and then half, and so on. Your nutrition may be the hardest thing you have to tackle, so be ultra realistic in what you set.
Above all else, be patient. If you are looking to lose weight or inches, think of the amount of time it took to put on that weight, or those inches. It will take the time to come off. You need to know this and know that your realistic goal setting, and ultimately, your vision, will come.
Patience is a virtue.
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