The start of a new year is a time when many decide to set new goals and make positive changes. All too often these new goals are quickly put to one side, skipped and ultimately pushed back until the next January comes around.
Below are a few tips to make 2023 the year your goals stick.
Tips for 2023
Visualise and write down your goals – What does healthy, happy and strong look like to you? Your first step should be visualising how you want to look, how you want to feel and how you want to perform this time next year. This will be different for everyone and so require different approaches. Set goals for 12 months time, 6 months and three months. These shorter term goals will be check points to reach along the way making sure you stay on track as well as providing much needed and well deserved wins along the way.
Share your goals with others – Don’t do it alone! Let others close to you know your goals so they can support and hold you accountable to these. Motivation will slip, excuses will start to creep in and a fresh set of eyes from the outside can help hold you accountable, give you that little push and keep you on track. This can be a partner, friend, family member or a TMB coach.
Start small – The idea of improving your health and fitness can often seem overwhelming when in reality it doest need to be. Start small focusing on the basics before adding more and more to your plate. Start with focusing on drinking more water, getting enough sleep and getting moving in some way. Once this becomes easy and just another part of your day you can begin to add in extra sessions to maintain progress. This year you should play the long game.
Expect setbacks – Life isn’t a straight-line and fitness is no different. You may experience set backs along the way. This is normal and this is nothing to worry about. What is important is how you react to this. Don’t let these moments control the rest of your week, month or year. Get back on track with you next meal or next workout and no harm is done.
Discipline over motivation – Keep reminding yourself of why you started. Motivation comes and goes and wont be constant. I often have days when I feel tired, I feel demotivated and I could quiet easily skip a session and find a very good excuse as to why I’ve done so. In reality I can always make it through a workout and would just be selling myself short. Remember why you started, remember your goals and remember dedication will always beat motivation. A big part of achieving your goals is just turning up.
Be positive, be disciplined and be supportive.