A New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start. An opportunity to evaluate and reassess. It’s an opportunity to work on becoming a happier and (for me), fitter version of myself.
So let’s start here …
” Hi my name is Natasha and I am a compulsive goal setter.”
For the past two decades I have religiously set new goals for the year ahead. I absolutely love setting goals as it helps me stay focused and on track. Setting goals ensures that I have a plan which in turn gives me direction. I may not always follow the plan 100% and I may not always achieve all of those goals but each goal achieved is a definitive show of progress in my life. Let me tell you, I am all about progress not perfection.
In the last week of each year I grab my goal setting diary and tick off the goals I’ve managed to achieve. I then reflect on the goals I haven’t achieved and assess if they were realistic or not to start off with. Next I decide if these goals need to move forward to my new list and then finally I add some new goals.
2017 was about personal growth, prioritising myself and improving my fitness and health. Can you say, “Goals Crushed”? Well that’s exactly what I accomplished. I’m stoked that l managed to achieve my goals beyond my wildest dreams. I really and truly am super proud of myself. I’ve fallen in love with the concept of prioritising myself and have no idea why I didn’t do this sooner. My health improved tenfold. I’ve lost 15kg and I’ve learnt to slow down.
My 2018 goals
- Continue prioritising myself
- Continue with my healthy lifestyle
- Improve my fitness level
- Achieve a sub 30 for a 5km race
- Be a badass
- Goal weight 80kg
- Dress size 14
- Live to inspire
- Rest more
- Be kinder to myself
- Travel to at least one new place
- Camp more (our new hobby)
- Improve my blogging skills
- Learn a new skill
- Gym twice a week (I miss the gym)
- Workout at home 3 – 4 times a week
Eat out less(No need for such negativity)
- Walk away from negative people (damn straight)
- Learn to ride a bicycle (Yes, I am 40 and cannot ride a bike 😂)
My 5 rules for successful goal setting:
1. Figure out your plan of action
Time to come up with a plan of action for your lifestyle change, weight loss or fitness journey. Whatever it is, you definitely need a plan. Consider making small progressive changes as this will be more attainable.
2. Think short-term.
Set short-term goals and build on them, as this will help keep you focused on your progress.
3. Work on your fitness.
Exercise alone won’t get you to your goal weight, however setting fitness goals along the way will help keep you motivated. This in turn will help you feel more committed to leading a healthier lifestyle.
4. Be realistic
Be realistic about your weight-loss and don’t expect miracles. The slower the process the better the outcome.
5. Track your successes.
Don’t forget to take time to revel in all the hard work you’re doing and how it’s paying off. Document your journey as it’s an amazing motivator.
So whether you set daily, weekly, monthly or annual goals, just do it. Raise the bar and push yourself to live your best life. It is within your reach and you most certainly can do it. You most certainly deserve to live your best life. So let 2018 be the year you took control of your life as a whole.
Happy goal setting lovelies