Before thinking about what you WANT to achieve NEXT year, ask yourself what you ALREADY achieved THIS year.
Before you go steaming ahead, and start planning for the new year, I want you to take some time to review how THIS year went. Ask yourself the following about this current year:
What went well?
Why did it go well?
What could you have done differently to make it even better?
What didn’t go so well?
Why didn’t it go well?
What could you have done differently?
This applies to ALL areas of your life, including your health and fitness.
What’s the purpose of doing this?
Many of us are not very good at recognising and celebrating our own achievements. We often overlook or fail to even notice our successes, deeming them as “insignificant” or “still not good enough”. That is why it’s important to cut ourselves some slack, and to be grateful and happy for the things we have done well. Even if these things seem minor, or even if you fell short of hitting a specific target you had in mind. It’ll do no good for your confidence if you are always hard on yourself!
Plus, it is useful to recognise HOW you managed to achieve what you did. This way you will have to hand proven methods of success that you can continue to apply into the new year.
However, it is also important to recognise (but not to dwell on) our shortcomings. If we can analyse what didn’t go so well this year, and identify WHY these things didn’t go well, then we can learn from our mistakes and ensure we don’t repeat these mistakes next year!
“I want to lose 50lbs of body fat, gain 50lbs of muscle, play competitive tennis, climb a mountain, and compete in a power lifting meet, all at the same time.”
Who the F are you? Wolverine?! How are you going to recover from all of that training?
While most of my previous articles have been about general goal setting in life, I want to focus on goal setting in regards to health, fitness, and weight loss.
Don’t overstretch yourself
I mentioned previously about not overstretching yourself with too many New Year’s Resolutions (READ THE POST HERE). I said that instead of listing loads of goals and achieving none, why not set yourself one goal to focus on and then make it happen! And the same applies to your health and fitness goals too!
We have limited time, energy, and resources. And as adaptable as we may be, we can only implement so much change at once, without reverting back to our old ways. Not to mention that with fitness goals in particular, our goals really will take significant time dedicated to training in order to see results.
If you want to compete in a marathon, but you’re not already a competent runner, do you really think your body can handle multiple stressors at once? Long distance running WHILE trying to train for muscle growth too! Conflicting goals bro!
Or if you wanted to climb a mountain, do you honestly think this is also a good time to start training to compete on the powerlifting platform?
Yes, a year is a fairly long time, and you can achieve a lot in a year. But still, you need to be realistic, and appreciate that the body only has limited recovery capabilities. Not to mention that even if you’re a professional athlete, there’s only so much time that you can spend training across the week.
So my take home message is to train for one goal at a time!
A quick message here. I want to talk about successful people.
In my opinion, most of the time highly successful people, people that I look up to and admire and aspire to be, they get to where they are not because they are able to do what others “can’t” do. It’s because they do what others “won’t” do.
Yes, l know there are exceptions. Only a teeny tiny percentage of the population could ever be as good at football as Cristiano Ronald for example. He might be hard working, I’m not saying he’s not, but he has the kind of God given talent that most us will never obtain, no matter how hard we try. The late Professor Stephen Hawking is another example – he had the kind of intelligence that none of us could ever have.
But people like that are the exceptions! I’m talking about the majority of cases here. The majority of highly successful people made the sacrifices, put the time and relentless work and effort in that any of us “could” do too, if we chose to. Remember life is all about choices.
I’m not just talking about fitness here, I’m talking about absolutely anything in life. There’s no reason that you, me, or any of us can’t be highly successful too in anything we do. If we’re willing to put the work in, that is.
So, if you’re not getting to where you want to be in life, then ask yourself “what’s your excuse?”
We’ve just established that it’s not because you “can’t” do it. Therefore, it can only mean that the reason is the second option, that it’s because you “won’t” do it. And that sounds like a pretty weak excuse if you ask me!
So, my take home message? Just like the Nike slogan – just do it!