Making a New Year resolution(s)? Have bucket list items that you want to cross off or want to be more health conscious? There are 3 important things to do in order to make your resolutions a reality!
1. SET A REASONABLE GOAL - You want to make sure that your goal is measurable and attainable. Write this goal down somewhere that you will see it everyday (ex. note on the fridge or bathroom mirror) to remind yourself of what you are striving for and so that you will continually ask yourself if you are putting yourself in the best position to succeed on a daily basis.
2. CREATE A PLAN - Now that you have set your goal, what steps are you going to take to reach it? You need to create a plan. My goal this year is to run the Portland Marathon in under 4 hours. It is a measurable (4 hours) and attainable. My plan is to follow Hal Higdon's marathon training programs that offer detailed 18 week training regimens that provide daily instruction.
3. CARRY OUT THE PLAN - You may have a great plan to reach your goal, but if you don't actively carry out the plan then you will only be setting off your goal until 2015. Make sure that you are continually putting yourself in the best possible position to act on your plan and hold yourself accountable. Keep a daily journal to write down the ups and downs of the road to reach your goal. This will help you be more accountable to sticking to the plan that you have set and make any adjustments that you may need to make along the way.
Take 2014 head on and achieve your goals. Make sure that they are attainable and measurable. Create your plan to achieve those goals and then carry out the plan. I promise that you will be happy with the results!
Happy New Year!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is the Immediate Past President of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with children with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.