New Year, New Blog

So, 2016 is upon us! For me that means setting myself some long term goals for the year ahead and, in particular, some short term goals for the first month.

While I don't subscribe to the "new year, new me" crap (I’ll explain) that seems to be filling our social media feeds this year, I do think it's important to re-evaluate and set yourself realistic, obtainable and ultimately progressive goals.

Why do I disagree with the term “new year, new me”?...

The ever increasingly popular mantra at the turn of a new year "new year, new me", for me, implies that you need total re-invention. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all too aware that there are some poor misguided souls out there who could do with a complete personality and lifestyle overhaul, but for the majority of us, this simply isn't true; and using this phrase to tell everyone about your new year’s resolutions could be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself to make what only need to be minor adjustments to make the next year more successful than the last.

Here’s 5 things I like to keep in mind when setting myself goals and targets, and a few things that help me stick to them...

1 Keep your goals clearly defined and concise

Most of you reading this will have heard me talk about the SMART principles of goal setting whilst waffling on about something fitness related, well this firmly applies here. Where possible make sure your goals are as many of these as possible:

Specific – Make sure you know exactly what it is you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.

Measurable – Make sure you can keep track of how you are progressing towards these goals, this way you’ll be able to see if progress has halted and do something about it before the train derails!

Achievable – Don’t go too big, or for that matter, too small. Nothing will throw you back into your old ways like setting yourself a goal that you were never going to be able to reach. i.e...Don’t tell yourself you are going to swim once a week, when you live 100 miles from the nearest swimming pool, that’s just dumb. Likewise, don’t make your goal to go to the gym once in January, because, well, you’ll have to wait until December to set yourself a new goal, right?!

Relevant – keep your goals relevant to what you want to achieve in the long term. Are you looking to be able to run a marathon by the end of the year? Then don’t tell your vest bro’s that you’ll be able to bench press 150kg by mid april.

Time-bound – Give yourself a timeframe to stick to...and bloody well stick to it. Catching up on all 400 episodes of Eastenders from last week can wait...IT CAN WAIT DAMN IT!