New Year, New Habits

I have been a health, fitness and sports coach for 18 years and competitive triathlete for 27 years. I understand the importance of resolutions and setting goals. I also know that creating habits in line with your resolutions and goals will help you become susscessful.

The New Year is always a great time to start, or start again.

To kick off a new habit, I like to do a “streak” of something every day for a month. It will vary depending on what my goal is. If I want to increase my running or biking mileage I will do a run or bike streak. For example, running 1 mile every day, or biking 30 minutes every day. If my challenge is nutritional, I might commit to drinking half my body weight in ounces or water, eating 3 fruits and veggies a day or not eating sugar.

When creating goals, categorize them into a family, health, relationships, finances and or career. Maybe you decide you want to make more income, create more balance, train more or less, fine-tune your nutrition, spend more time with your family. Or maybe you want to focus on more “me” time — whatever works for you.

Sit down and answer the following questions for each of the categories listed above. 1) What do you enjoy and what would you change about your current lifestyle with the categories listed above. 2) What is your WHY? 3) Do you have mental barriers that might keep you from attaining your goal? Your answers will often dictate how you plan to transition into the New Year with New habits.

Write down your Specific and Measurable goal and when you want to achieve it. Express your goal with a friend or coach to determine if that goal is attainable and realistic based on your experience and availability to prepare for it.

Next, create an action plan. No one will make your goals happen for you. An action plan is what gives your goal power. Set some objectives. Objectives help create a process for attaining your goal. Small, measurable steps over time allow you to build on your success. Start with some daily/weekly/monthly actions and set some challenges to guide you.

“if you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got.”

The bottom line is that there is no quick fix or magic time to live and make your dreams a reality. You owe it to yourself to practice healthy habits with your goals in mind. The more days you string together of living as well as possible, the stronger you become, and the more likely your habits will lead to success with your goal.

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